Early School abandonment is an important aspect of the challenge of education for all. There are others such as the situation of children, particularly girls who will never go to school or those who being in school are exposed to such poor teaching that will never reach real education. Not going to school or the very poor level of teaching are aspects clearly recorded in the report of the millennium goals as one of the challenges of the educational goal to achieve universal Primary Education. Although this goal is considered to have reached a significant level of achievement, the limitations are also important.
Addressing early school abandonment stems from our strong conviction that education is the bases of personal growth and freedom both at personal and social levels, to be able to have a job and to be a critical and active citizen of our world.
It is also part of a much broader concern: the concern for the future of generations that will follow. We, as young people, feel particularly committed to those who, with us will build the future world; we feel committed and responsible. In the complex system of avoiding school abandonment, we have selected our own niche of action. It has two dimensions: the first- to be with those who have difficulties and are at risk of abandoning school, and/or with those who have recently dropped out of school but may still have the chance to be recovered.
We are working in both. Many of us do voluntary work regularly during the week. We have also started the exploration of new methodologies which can motivate students to stay in school impelled by progressive levels of success, otherwise not possible, and to continue with the effort. The latter has been identified as one of the most observed and documented contribution in the efforts to address the phenomenon of school abandonment. The experience of six of our members in the Roots and Wings pilot project in the Philippines is a step forward for us, but there is a long way ahead.