Early school leavers

In 2016, in Belgium 8.8% 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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TREND ASSESSMENT: Early school leavers - Belgium

percentage of population aged 18-24

 20002005201020152016202020252030
observations13.812.911.910.18.8------
trend and extrapolation14.313.011.69.99.68.57.87.4
objective 20300.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

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

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2017), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), edat_lfse_14, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 20/10/2017) & calculations FPB.

Early school leavers

percentage of population aged 18-24

 1992200020102011201220132014201520162016//19922016//2011
Belgium18.113.811.912.312.011.09.810.18.8-3.0-6.5
EU-28----13.913.412.711.911.211.010.7---4.4
//: average growth rates

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

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2017), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), edat_lfse_14, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 20/10/2017).

Early school leavers by sex - Belgium

percentage of population aged 18-24

 1992200020102011201220132014201520162016//19922016//2011
females16.511.010.09.79.58.77.78.67.4-3.3-5.3
males19.816.413.814.914.413.211.811.610.2-2.7-7.3
//: average growth rates

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

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2017), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), edat_lfse_14, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 20/10/2017).

This text is based on the Statistical Annex of the Voluntary National Review of Belgium (VNR) presented to the July 2017 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

VNR Indicator: Early school leavers, percentage of population aged 18-24

Definition: percentage of the population aged 18 to 24 having attained at most lower secondary education and not being involved in any education or training (neither formal nor non-formal) in the four weeks preceding the survey. Lower secondary education at most corresponds to International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011 level 0, 1 or 2 (ISCED 1997: 0, 1, 2 or 3C short).

Objective: to be consistent with Target 4.1, this indicator should decrease.

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

UNSTAT 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