Thriving as a business in the 21st century requires an educated workforce, a growing customer base, and the ability to innovate and stay ahead of rapid change — all of these ultimately depend on the quality of the education system in the communities businesses live and work in.
Yet, half of all young people across the world, more than 800 million in total, will by 2030 not have the basic skills necessary for the workforce. The global education crisis and skills gap have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and other humanitarian crises. More than ever, education systems are struggling to provide the quality education that all students deserve. If this inequality persists, it will harm the productivity, economic capacity, social health, and sustainability of communities worldwide. It’s time to make education everyone’s business.