Education 4.0

There is a growing disconnect between education systems and labour markets. Many of today’s children will work in new job types that do not yet exist, with an increased premium on both digital and social-emotional skills in the coming years.

The gap between education and jobs is exacerbated by limited innovation in learning systems, which were largely designed to mirror factory-style growth models. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has made it imperative that education systems adapt.

Without action, the next generation will be unprepared for the needs of the future, creating risks for both productivity and social cohesion. There is an opportunity for public and private sector leaders to co-create education systems that deliver on children’s needs for the future.

The Education 4.0 initiative aims to create a common agenda to transform primary and secondary education systems to ensure future-readiness among the next generation of talent. The initiative will drive impact through four interconnected interventions:


  • Creating a global framework for shifting the content of learning and the mechanisms by which it is delivered to more closely mirror the needs of the future.

  • Shaping a model to reskill and upskill teachers as the key stakeholder whose adaptation has a multiplier effect on the next generation.

  • Highlighting new policy pathways to enable Education 4.0.

  • Building a marketplace for connectivity, collaboration and learning between schools and schooling systems across the world.

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