Education fulfils a central interface function within the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy, a high level of education being a prerequisite for equal opportunities and opportunities for participation, as well as for quality of life and innovation. The monitoring results show the progress achieved in different fields of education, from primary schooling through to acquisition of school-leaving qualifications later in life via adult education. Last but not least, the recent immigration and refugee crises also emphasized the urgent need to actively counteract educational disadvantage and ensure equal educational opportunities for all.

Significant progress has been made in the area of elementary education and childcare: The space available in public and private education and care facilities for 0- to 6-year-old children increased significantly, as well as the offer of all-day schools (+9% all-day classes in elementary schools, +14% in middle schools, 2016 compared to 2015).

The proportion of early school leavers – those aged 18-24 years without education above compulsory education – fell from 11.9% to 8.7% over the period 2009-2016. Not least the immigration and the refugee crisis of recent years underlined the urgency to actively counteract educational disadvantage and to ensure equal educational opportunities for all.

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