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Tuning in to dropping out

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Tuning in to dropping out

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Despite efforts to improve the quantity and quality of education, the problem of students dropping out of school is still a major concern in many countries around the world.

In this edition of Learning World we take a look at some of the methods that have proven to be effective in bringing children back into the classroom.

The issues involved are explored in three stories. Our first trip takes us to the Romanian capital, Bucharest, where we meet youngsters who live on the streets but who have been given a second chance at education thanks to an NGO set up by a French clown. Parada gives kids some relief from the misery of street life through clowning around and getting the basic schooling they have missed out on.

In our second story we find out how parents in the slums of Mexico City are ensuring their children are not forced to drop out of school because of poverty, as they were. Attendance rates are soaring in their local school, thanks to a philanthropist and the input of the community.

Poverty is also an issue in our final report from Margate in England, which has one of the highest unemployment rates in England. Drop out rates have also been rising because young people feel there is little point in having an education. In this story we learn how the International Baccalaureate is sweeping away that apathy.

Watch the video to find out more.

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