The COVID-19 crisis has generated a social and economic impact in all of the country’s areas. However, it is very likely that the adolescent and young population will experience the results and consequences of the crisis the hardest, as they are particularly exposed to the socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic. In this sense, educational exclusion represents a huge challenge for adolescents and young people in our country. According to data from the latest Continuous Employment Survey, in Costa Rica, 60.4% of young people over 15 years of age do not finish high school.
The problem of educational exclusion has a significant impact at a national level, since it involves resources invested by the State, as well as efforts by the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) and the Costa Rican society, in the medium and long term, impacting on the social fabric and in the economic and productive structure of the country. The foregoing implies a periodic decrease in the young Costa Rican population that enters the labor market, and that will have to support a growing number of older adults.
It is for this reason that this project poses a transcendental importance, seeking to impact student permanence from 13 schools, we continue working in this line through participatory methodologies and developing tools to ensure that more young people finish their studies.
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