Early school leavers

In 2017, in Belgium 8.9% of the population aged 18 to 24 left school early. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this proportion must be reduced to zero. Despite a downward trend since 2000, this objective will not be reached.

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Early school leavers - Belgium - trend assessment

percentage of population aged 18-24

 200020052010201520162017202020252030
observations13.812.911.910.18.88.9------
trend and extrapolation14.313.011.69.99.69.38.57.87.4
objective 20300.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

break in time series: 1999, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2017

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), edat_lfse_14, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

Early school leavers - Belgium and international comparison

percentage of population aged 18-24

 19922000201020122015201620172017//19922017//2012
Belgium18.113.811.912.010.18.88.9-2.8-5.8
EU27--17.614.012.811.010.810.6---3.7
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 1999 BE, 2003 EU, 2004 BE, 2006, 2008 BE, 2014, 2017 BE

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), edat_lfse_14, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

Early school leavers by sex - Belgium

percentage of population aged 18-24

 19922000201020122015201620172017//19922017//2012
females16.511.010.09.58.67.47.3-3.2-5.1
males19.816.413.814.411.610.210.4-2.5-6.3
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 1999, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2017

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), edat_lfse_14, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

UN target: 4.1 - By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.

UN indicator: the selected indicator is related to indicator 4.1.1 - Proportion of children and young people: (a) in grades 2/3; (b) at the end of primary; and (c) at the end of lower secondary achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in (i) reading and (ii) mathematics, by sex.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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