Second-chance school: overcoming school dropout in Tunisia

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In partnership with Cayambe (leader of the project) and the Association New Chance Tunisia, the CIEP is currently developing "a technical and operational support project to design and start a model of second-chance education in Tunisia for 12-18 years old”. This project is financed and supported by UNICEF and the UK Embassy.  It started this year and will be completed in 2020.

The overall objective of the project is to support the Tunisian government in the design and start-up of a second-chance experimental model for the return to education or training of adolescents aged 12 to 18 who have left school prematurely. More specifically, it aims to develop a theoretical, methodological and operational framework for a system to combat school dropout rates comprised of two components:

- a entryway for welcoming and supporting adolescents aged 12 to 18 who have left the school system prematurely;
- a system for returning to teaching or training.

Launched in June 2018, this project is led by an interministerial committee composed of three Tunisian ministries: The Ministry of Education, Ministry of Vocational Training and Employment and the Ministry of Social Affairs. It is now a question of checking the feasibility of this system and aligning it with the “M3D project”. The “M3D project”, carried out by the CIEP with funding from Unicef, aims to develop an intra-school model to fight against dropout rates for children and teenagers aged 5 to 16.

These two projects aim to enable young people either to remain in the school system or to reintegrate into it, by reinforcing fundamental learning and life-skills. They also revolve around the design of modules for compensatory education for young people returning to school following a break in education.

Both projects are part of the voluntarist policies of the Tunisian Ministry of Education and its partners, to overcome and prevent youth dropping out of school, as well as the promotion of the employability of young people.