Poverty And Poverty In Education

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2012. Those worst-off are in households in which nobody works. In 2012 Eurostat reported that in the EU 9.9 % of children and adults were living in jobless households (i.e., in households with zero or very low work intensity), against 9% in 2008.

Children growing up in poverty and social exclusion are less likely to do well at school, to enjoy good health or to realise their full socio-economic potential later in life.

Health status is also strongly linked to poverty, and this causes a vicious downward cycle. Ill health may sometimes be a cause of poverty as health problems might hinder participation in the abour market, however it is also a fact that poverty is also often a causal factor of poor health due to malnutrition and lack of healthcare, amongst other factors.

Eurostat figures of 2012 show that students who have attended pre-primary education do better than those who have not. This is a strong indication that early education can improve education outcomes and overall skill levels later on in life, thus having consequences on human capital stock and overall labour force competitiveness. In 2011, nearly six million young people aged between 18 and 24 years old did not finish upper secondary education and were not in education and training. On average, 54.8% of these early-school leavers were unemployed - twice that of the overall youth unemployment rate in Europe, which stood at 23.7% in December 2012. This has continued to constantly increase over the last

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