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Acquisition of basic skills

Within the framework of the Austrian Youth Strategy, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research is implementing the following Youth Goal:

Youth Goal

Pupils leaving the education system should have at least the key basic skills.

No pupil should leave the education system without possessing the key basic skills of literacy and numeracy. The aim of compulsory education is to combat educational disadvantage. Well-established basic skills increase the chances of young people starting an apprenticeship or continuing to attend school or college after completing their years of compulsory education. Successful completion of general or vocational education is a good basis for embarking on a career as well as for participating actively in society; it reduces the risk of being on a very low income or of becoming unemployed due to educational disadvantage.

A reality check has been carried out. This Youth Goal contributes to the following European Youth Goal:

  •  #8 Quality Learning

Further information

Measures to implement the Youth Goal

A description of the initial measures will be announced in autumn 2021.

Contact details

Karoline Meschnigg
Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
Minoritenplatz 5
1010 Vienna