The 2030 Skills Scorecard

Bridging business, education, and the future of work

Adolescent girls smile away from the camera in a classroom, their books lay on their desks.
UNICEF/2019/Soumi Das


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 will not be on track to acquire the most basic skills they need to succeed in the workforce. This holds true for South Asia where, of the projected 400 million school-age children, 54% will not be on track to acquire basic workforce skills.

Unless dramatic reforms in delivery, innovation, inclusion, and financing take place to change the trends, these children will be left behind by the global economy. 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 scorecard highlights the world’s skills deficit so it can be understood and addressed.

In particular, the business community must take leadership in this crisis by supporting and investing in public education systems so we can dramatically transform the skills landscape for the next generation

At the top of the image is a photo of a teenage girl in a burgundy hijab holding an e-tablet and another teenager in a black hijab seated next to her, pointing in a book.
The Global Business Coalition for Education and the Education Commission
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