ESC invited teachers and school principals from Sofia and the country, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, institutions related to the educational system and the local authorities to consult with them about its draft resolution on "Early School Leaving - Problems and Possible Solutions".

The discussion highlighted a number of important issues related to the negative phenomenon of early school leaving, as well as its consequences. Teachers expressed their concerns about the lack of coordination in the actions and measures of all stakeholders, the overloading of the teaching community with responsibilities, and their inability to monitor the movement of children in the conditions of increased migration. Local government representatives shared their best practices in tackling the issue, which address the specificities of their communities. Representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, the State Agency for Child Protection, Regional Education Directorates, UNICEF, etc. appreciated ESC's initiative and declared readiness to continue the discussion.

ESC believes that early school leaving is a key issue and in a number of its own documents the Council has consistently made many proposals. Some of them have been included in strategies and national plans. However, ESC finds that the phenomenon of "early school leaving" has evolved in a negative trend for several years, and the social measurability of the consequences is significant for both the labour market and the personal development of any child left without education. In the past year, the share of early school leavers instead of falling has risen to 13.8%. Therefore, in the new draft resolution, ESC has set itself the goal of directing serious public attention to the search of new solutions, good practices and a new approach to keeping students at school.



is the “bridge” between citizens and the national government. Its mission is to support such “bridging” so as to facilitate the communication between the society and the national government. It is the new and modern institution of the civil dialogue.

The ESC's mission is to promote civil society organisations access to and involvement in the process of decision-making on strategic economic and social issues.

The main goal of ESC's operation is to enable different representatives of organised civil society to feel free to state their views whereas unanimity on matters of common interest is encouraged. The Council expresses and protects civil society interests by communicating agreed statements and proposals submitted by its members to the executive and legislative authorities.

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