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.