Since 1970, slum growth everywhere in the South has outpaced urbanization. Education is the only way this trend can be reversed.

3 Countries

5 Universities

7 Slums

140 Teenagers

 Research into school dropout in
– India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh –


This research project is promoted by the International Center for Research and Decision Support (CIRAD), including the participation of five Catholic universities in South Asia. It aims to understand the processes leading to early school leaving in South Asia, and to devise practical levers to try to counter the dropout phenomenon.

As a first step, a review of school dropouts in Europe, South Asia and South-East Asia will allow for defining a grid of analysis of school dropout situations in South Asia, particularly in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Training and research activities for the Asian teams will be carried out throughout the project in order to consolidate both the approach and the methodology. Then, teams will carry out a series of interviews (life trajectories) with disadvantaged populations in their immediate environment. This fieldwork should enable to identify the main processes leading to dropout, and define strategies to allow adolescents to return into the school system, and thereby creating opportunities for baisc as well as higher education.

The study aims, by the collection and analysis of qualitative data, to make recommendations for public decision-makers, members of civil society, NGOs, schools and universities in the South Asian region.

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