The World Economic Forum’s New Economy and Society Platform aims to work with its partners to provide better education, skills and economic opportunity to 1 billion people by 2030. The Education 4.0 Alliance—a community of leaders, executives, and policymakers in childhood education—is part of the Reskilling Revolution.
Studies show that early investments in children’s learning and education generate significant economic returns. In fact, according to Catalysing Education 4.0: Investing in the Future of Learning for a Human-Centric Recovery, teaching collaborative problem-solving in schools could add $2.54 trillion to the global economy. Investing in the development of holistic skills in primary and secondary education will be critical in addressing the root causes of the global skills gap, preparing the next generation of talent to engage in lifelong learning, and ensuring that future efforts in reskilling and upskilling pay off for individuals, businesses and governments.
Members of the Education 4.0 Alliance will serve as key champions for transforming learning for children and youth, leveraging the Forum platform’s strength to complement, amplify and coordinate existing efforts in this space. The Alliance has three main objectives:
- Align on key skills for childhood education and co-create a public narrative around the importance of incorporating these skills in childhood learning
- Surface and promote innovative, public-private-led approaches to developing Education 4.0 skills
- Incentivize and reward the adoption of Education 4.0 skills within childhood learning