In France, 1.5 million young people aged 15 to 29 (roughly 12.9% of this age group) are not engaged in work, school, or training, according to (The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies) INSEE. In response to this situation, Bibliothèques Sans Frontières is deploying Ideas Box Pro’Pulsion in several regions across France, with the support of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health. The goal is to guide young people and help them integrate more into society. Clément Fayolle is in charge of the project, which has already benefited more than 1,000 participants.
After secondary school, young adults living in rural areas are more likely to choose a vocational path than their urban counterparts and, on average, pursue less higher education. This is due, among other things, to the local education offerings and to financial obstacles that restrict mobility. While some go to study or work in the city, others are cut off from schooling and recruitment pathways. Inevitably, these adolescents find themselves increasingly isolated.
The Economic, Social and Environmental Council estimates that a quarter of rural adolescents aged 18-24 are neither in school, nor in employment, nor in training.