School dropout occurs when a student leaves school before obtaining a degree or a certificate of completion.
The high school dropout crisis is more than an educational problem and it involves a set of social and economic challenges that affect the entire society. This is an urgent crisis that Latin America should attend.
To overcome the challenges, they must be understood first, then talked about to be able to find solutions. The educational crisis will persist if we do not seek solutions. That’s where GRADUATE XXI comes, the movement to end the high school dropout crisis.
As part of the awareness initiative created by GRADUATE XXI, the program has produced “The Empty Classroom” – a feature film about the educational crisis in Latin America, as told by Latin-American filmmakers and young leading roles. The goal is to contribute to public debate in the Latin American society and to support a real change on the quality of education.For more information on “The Empty Classroom” click here
Only between 20% to 30% of children and young people with disabilities in Latin America go to school. Most of them don’t graduate from high school
While 70% of students with higher income graduate in Latin America, only 30% of lower- income students reach the same educational level. A gap of seven years of schooling between the richest and poorest segments of the population remains.
About half of the youth living in rural areas don’t complete nine years of school.
More than 40% of indigenous youth between the ages of 12 and 17 don’t go to school.
The Empty Classroom is a film produced by the Inter-American Development Bank to explore from the perspective of 10 renowned Latin-American filmmakers the reasons why almost half of the Latin American youth drops out of school.
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