Education 4.0 report

The Education 4.0 India report was jointly released by the WEF, UNICEF and YuWaah (Generation Unlimited India).

Key findings

  • The school-to-work transition is the process of making students employable in a rapidly changing job market.
  • The report found that, due to the lack of coordination, school-to-work transitions in India face significant challenges.
  • The main challenges in this regard include lack of trainers, insufficient resources, infrastructure gaps, poor integration with mainstream school education curriculum and poorly links between local skill gaps and vocational courses.
  • Majority of parents and students consider vocational education as the second-best option to mainstream education.
  • Employers expect students to have high level of competencies, knowledge and skills related to their jobs. They also favour those students with strong communication skills, teamwork and problem-solving and critical thinking capabilities.
  • Currently, the school education system lacks the means to satisfy the demands of the industry and there is no formal channel to involve the participation of industries to address this issue.
  • Since credits cannot be transferred or linked between formal and informal education streams, it discourages students from pursuing higher education after vocational courses and vice versa.
  • The report suggests boosting career awareness, increasing job opportunities via internships and apprenticeships, allowing credit transferability to enable students to shift between formal and informal means of education, holistic development through language learning, STEM-based courses and life skills coaching and other such recommendations.

About Education 4.0 report

The Education 4.0 report assesses the progress and findings from Education 4.0 India initiative, which focuses on the use of Industrial Revolution 4.0 technologies in improving the learning outcomes and reducing inequalities in India’s education sector. It aims to address the disparities in the country’s education sector and recommends strategy to improve the Indian school system. It also seeks to empower students using ed-tech. It gives framework for the development of scalable pilots that can be implemented by the government entities and private players.

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