Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Almost 800,000 Italians drop out during middle school

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Rome, December 4 - Almost 800,000 young people have
dropped out during middle school, raising concerns about the
education levels in the Italian population.
As many as 25% of young adults in Sicily and Sardinia did
not make it to high school, according to a survey released
Tuesday of Italians between 18 and 24.
The report, presented by the organization Save the
Children, also found that about 5% of children - approximately
314,000 - are disconnected culturally.
That means that in the past year, these kids have not seen
a movie, opened a book or even turned on a computer.
In addition, 34% of those between 15 and 24 years say they
are discouraged, losing hope of finding a job.
That rate is four times higher than the European average of
7.8%.
The findings come on the same day that Italian President
Giorgio Napolitano called for a new "pact between generations"
to help young people struggling to find career opportunities.
The jobless rate among 15-to-24-year-olds in October was
36.5%, the highest since monthly records began in January 2004
and quarterly records started in the fourth quarter of 1992,
Istat said last week.
The national statistics agency said some 639,000
15-to-24-year-olds are looking for jobs.
Earlier this year Istat said one in five Italians between
the ages of 15 and 29 was Not in Employment, Education or
Training (NEET), according to its calculations for 2010.
"A great challenge is to find the solidarity to overcome
vested interests and selfishness via a pact between generations
that leads to a sustainable model of development for the
construction of a more just, more cohesive and more inclusive
society," Napolitano said.

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