Improving school attendance by enhancing communication among stakeholders: establishment of the International Network for School Attendance (INSA)
The newly established International Network for School Attendance (INSA) works to promote school attendance, reduce absenteeism, and resolve school attendance problems (SAPs). Our motivation for establishing INSA stems from the knowledge that school attendance offers innumerable benefits to children and adolescents (hereafter referred to as youth) and that sub-optimal attendance holds many liabilities.
The importance of school attendance will be obvious to readers of this journal. School environments can positively influence youths’ social development and their mental and physical health . School prepares youth for successful transition to adulthood , including economic and social participation in the community . When youth are at school, they have access to academic, practical, and social–emotional learning opportunities. School attendance also provides shared socialisation experiences in cultural traditions and values of countries. This is facilitated via the...
KeywordsInternational Network for School Attendance School attendance School absenteeism School attendance problem Consensus Stakeholders Dissemination Implementation
The authors thank the following organisations for their financial support of the Lorentz Center Workshop: The Lorentz Center; Indiana University School of Social Work; Leiden University Institute of Psychology; The Leiden University Fund; Aarhus University Department of Psychology.
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