Early school leaving represents missed opportunities for young people and loss of social and economic potential for the European Union as a whole. Youth unemployment is running currently at 20.0%(Eurostat,Communique de Presse 162/2010,29 October 2010) and early school leaving contributes directly to it.I n 2009 52% of early school leavers in EU were unemployed or outside the labour market(Eurostat ,LFS 2010)
At the level of economy and society at large high early school leaving rates have long-term effects on the social development and on economic growth. Early leavers tend to participate less in democratic process and less active citizens (NESSE(2009), p31. Seealso Shell ‘Jugendstudie 2010’(2010) So to reduce the average European early school leaving rate by just 1 percentage point would provide the European economy each year with nearly half a million additional qualified potential young employees.