School dropouts in Tunisia’s marginalised border regions

Border communities in Tunisia appear to be facing a phenomenon of high rates of dropouts from school, according to local civil society organisations.

Rates are as high as double the national average in certain areas, it emerged during our dialogue forums in the governorates of Kasserine, Jendouba, Medenine and Tataouine. This has had profound social and economic impacts on the inhabitants of these regions.

We are working with local civil society, communities and experts in the marginalised governorates to identify and share data and trends on the nature and causes of such dropouts.

We are also supporting discussions between civil society organisations and local authorities on what can be done to tackle this chronic issue.

Among the causes raised during the dialogue forums were the literacy of parents, lack of job opportunities, violence in schools, the economic situation of parents and families’ involvement in cross-border trade. 

We are conducting a quantitative comparative study on school dropouts in Jendouba and Kasserine to better understand the extent of this issue and what can be done to address it, which will be published in the coming months.

An infographic illustrating a breakdown of the realities of school dropouts in Jendouba can be viewed in Arabic below.

This work is part of our project on enhancing inclusive and democratic governance on Tunisia’s borders with Algeria and Libya.


Photo: A young boy walks through the desert in Medenine, Tunisia, 2010. Del-Uks (Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0)