Written by: Kaleido
A total of 28,000 students drop out of school in Quebec every year. Almost one third of them will do so before reaching Grade 12. The situation is particularly serious among young male students and children from less privileged backgrounds.
While 21.5% of boys drop out of school, this proportion drops to 13.6% for girls. Why is this so? Although no single, conclusive answer can be given, several factors are constantly at play. The lack of male role models in the system, the significant reading and writing challenges facing today’s male students, the abundance of stereotypical and incorrect information associated with school and learning, the social origin; these are all likely causes with serious implications.
To help boys persevere, measures are to be taken at the most effective level from the earliest age by providing them with full support within all levels of schooling. Here are some tips that may help you make a difference:
It may sound like a basic premise, but there is evidence that young students from less privileged backgrounds are more likely to drop out before they reach Grade 12. And yet, many of those students show an interest in pursuing post-secondary education. They often have the talent, but they are lacking the financial and material means―and sometimes the family support system―to pursue their dreams.
In order to help, Educaide―an educational assistance fund―was founded in 2002 to offer financial support, in the form of perseverance scholarships, to students from less privileged backgrounds. This not-for-profit organization states three key objectives focusing on helping students:
With over $845,000 in scholarships paid out to some 700 deserving students, the financial support provided by Educaide yielded convincing results for a number of young recipients! In total, 85% of the scholarship holders obtained a first diploma.
The Positive Outcome of Academic Perseverance in Society
Pursuing post-secondary education has a positive impact on individuals and society at large; it also enables students to take advantage of a wider range of opportunities. Positive outcomes include:
It is in our best interest to embrace education as a fundamental value and promote academic perseverance! This strategy will result in a positive outcome not only on the lives of young students but also on society at large.
Quebec’s Ministry of Education
Quebec Institutes of Statistics
Unions & Labour Organizations (in French only)
Federation of Teachers' Unions (in French only)
Academic Perseverance Day (in French only)
Departments of Education Across Canada