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2030 Skills Scorecard South Asia Edition Global Business Coalition for Education

Introduction

Estimates indicate that by 2030, there will be 1.5 billion school-age children in low- and middle-income countries. If current trends continue, well over half of them — 880 million children — will not be on track to acquire the most basic skills they need to succeed in the workforce. This new South Asia edition of the 2030 Skills Scorecard highlights the world’s skills deficit so we can understand and help address it, especially in the South Asia region.

Under current trends, the workforce of tomorrow looks woefully unprepared for Industry 4.0.

The workplace of the future will look very different from that of today. Automation, digitization, and other forms of technology will wipe out millions of jobs while, at the same time, create many new opportunities. Next generation workers must be prepared to participate in what is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 for short. Education must rise to the challenge of delivering the necessary skills for the future and move beyond the traditional subjects to include entrepreneurship, soft leadership, technology, and workforce readiness.

This South Asia edition of the 2030 Skills Scorecard shows workforce readiness projections for countries in the South Asia region. While all countries in this region will likely see progress between today and 2030, some will still have more than half of all secondary students entering the workforce unprepared. Under current trends, the most populous countries in South Asia like Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan are projected to improve the proportion of children completing secondary and attaining workforce skills to 55%, 47%, and 40% respectively. The highest learning levels in the region are expected in Bhutan, which is projected to have 81% of young people learning basic secondary skills and completing school, up from 47% today. Afghanistan is not included due to lack of recent learning assessment data at the secondary level.

Below, you will find social media infographics for each region and a suggested post in blue text. Download all graphics here.

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🇧🇩 #Bangladesh is on track to see 55% of young people complete secondary school and attain basic skills. Learn more in @GBCEducation’s 2030 #YouthSkills Scorecard for #SouthAsia. http://bit.ly/343BZNU
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🇧🇹 Strong workforce readiness growth is expected in #Bhutan, which is projected to have 81% of young people learning basic secondary skills and completing school – up from 47% today. Learn more in the 2030 #SouthAsia #YouthSkills Scorecard: http://bit.ly/343BZNU
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🇮🇳 #India is home to 250 million young people, but only 19% of them today are leaving secondary school ready to enter the workforce. Learn more in @GBCEducation’s 2030 #YouthSkills Scorecard for #SouthAsia. http://bit.ly/343BZNU
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🇲🇻 On current trends, 46% of young people in the #Maldives will complete secondary school and attain basic skills by 2030. Learn more in @GBCEducation’s 2030 #YouthSkills Scorecard for #SouthAsia. http://bit.ly/343BZNU
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🇳🇵In #Nepal only 13% of young people are currently on track to complete secondary school and attain basic skills. Learn more about how that number is projected to grow to 46% in @GBCEducation’s 2030 #YouthSkills Scorecard for #SouthAsia. http://bit.ly/343BZNU
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🇵🇰 Less than half of all young people in #Pakistan are on track to attain basic skills by 2030. Learn more in @GBCEducation’s 2030 #YouthSkills Scorecard for #SouthAsia. http://bit.ly/343BZNU
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🇱🇰 #SriLanka has the highest workforce readiness rates of any country in #SouthAsia today, based on secondary skills performance. Learn more in @GBCEducation’s 2030 #YouthSkills Scorecard. http://bit.ly/343BZNU

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  1. If trends continue, by 2030 more than half of all students in the world will not be on track to acquire the basic skills needed to succeed in work. @GBCEducation’s new #YouthSkills Scorecard shows skills readiness by region today and in 2030. http://bit.ly/2mzWXmZ #WriteTheWrong
  2. We need a re-imagining of secondary #YouthSkills education to meet the workforce demands of the future. See where each country in #SouthAsia stands in ensuring all young people achieve basic secondary skills. http://bit.ly/343BZNU #WriteTheWrong
  3. Of 1.5 billion school-age children in low and middle income countries, well over half – 880 million — won’t be on track to acquire the minimum level of secondary skills by 2030. Where does each country in #SouthAsia stand in making progress to close the gap? http://bit.ly/343BZNU #WriteTheWrong
  4. If we depend on young people to solve tomorrow’s problems – we must give them the skills to do it. Let’s ensure that #SouthAsia’s youth are prepared! #YouthSkills
  5. Domestic investment alone can’t ensure young people in South Asia have the skills for 21st century employment. The private sector and employers need to contribute to supporting their learning. #YouthSkills
  6. There is no better path to stronger economies and more peaceful countries than investment in the right to education for children and young people. #YouthSkills
  7. To make sure #EveryChildLearns, we must focus on those at risk of being left behind: girls or boys, the poorest, those with disabilities, young people on the move and those affected by conflict and disaster. #YouthSkills
  8. Millions of South Asian young people are missing out on secondary school. Let’s work together to achieve the largest expansion in education history. #YouthSkills
  9. Skills have changed. Now the education system needs to. Digital literacy, communication and critical thinking are required if youth are to use their education to find jobs in a changing market. #YouthSkills
  10. We can’t help every child learn unless we work together. Education planning must involve different ministries, development partners, communities, and children’s voices to give young people real opportunities to develop #YouthSkills.

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