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

5 Slums

100 Teenagers

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

Speaking of risk factors and protective factors to gain a greater understanding of academic resilience implies underlining academic success in spite of negative prognostications. Continuing on an academic path, whereas the adversity encountered inspires predictions of failure, is thus held up as proof of resilience. What do we mean by risk factors and capacities for resilience? How does the emotional experience of each teenager provide the
means to understand the consequences of early school dropout in the slums? Why is the family such a central element to be taken into consideration? Having laid these foundations, what kinds of schools would best serve slum dwellers?

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.

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