Children are growing up in a transforming world. Technology, migration, climate change and conflict are reshaping society, forcing people across the globe to adapt to unexpected changes in their lives and work.
To keep up, children and adolescents must be able to seize opportunities and confront challenges. They need skills to become lifelong learners, secure productive work, make informed decisions and positively engage in their communities.
Skills development begins in early childhood. Yet, half of the world’s pre-primary-age children are not enrolled in pre-primary programmes, depriving them of a critical opportunity to develop skills that support lifelong learning. Another 250 million children of primary-school age are failing to achieve basic numeracy and literacy.