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New initiative supports working-class children

A new initiative in Vienna wants to create career prospects. "Working-class child" attempt to support children from lower social classes with their wish to go to university. The organisation is also looking for mentors.

The statistics show that the higher the formal education, the lower the unemployment rate. Many children from lower social classes avoid going to a school of higher education or a university.

In Austria and Germany, one can see that the probability of children having the wish to study is connected with their parents' education.

Prejudices, a high financial burden or not enough information about further education can be the reasons for this phenomenon.

This is where the initiative "working-class child" steps in: it does not only provide extensive information on the website, but also offers a mentoring programme. Experienced students advise the teenagers about exams, scholarships etc.

Furthermore, they offer presentations and discussions in schools. The initiative was founded in Germany and has been successful for several years. Over 3,000 mentors have joined at 80 different venues.

There are vast differences between students with well educated parents and those who are socially disadvantaged. This was shown by a special evaluation of the PISA study which was published on Friday.

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