Obtaining quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives. And yet, India has an illiterate population of 287 million adults, which makes up 37% of the global total. Nationally, 29 percent of children drop out before completing five years of primary school, and 43 percent before finishing upper primary school. High school completion is only 42 percent. Just one out of nine children finishing school joins a college in India. 53% of girls in the age group of 5 to 9 years are illiterate; and on an average women receive only 1.8 years of schooling in India. India is one of the youngest nations in the world with more than 62% of the population in the working age group (15-59 years), and more than 54% of the total population below 25 years of age. However, a large section of labor force does not have the required skills, or is unaware of opportunities or having outdated skills. It is imperative for the nation to quickly skill the workforce in relevant technologies, at scale, and standard. Let us address these challenges that will help: (a) Ensure equal access for all to affordable and quality primary, secondary, technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university, (b) Substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

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