Launched officially in January 2020, the Education 4.0 Framework proposes eight transformations within learning content and delivery mechanisms in primary and secondary education systems to better prepare the next generation of talent for the future of work and the future of societies. The Framework, codified in Schools of the Future: Defining New Models of Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also showcases examples of schools, school systems and education programmes that are pioneering the way toward Education 4.0 skills and learning experiences.
Over the first half of 2020, the workstream developed the Closing the Education Gap playbook—a guide for governments and businesses to set up country-level public-private collaborations to implement the Education 4.0 framework via four key system interventions: teacher empowerment, new skills measurement mechanisms, new education standards, and mainstreaming technology-enhanced education. The workstream is currently exploring the full integration of this work into the Reskilling Revolution’s Country Accelerators. As of August 2020, using a data-driven approach, a list of 15 potential target countries was selected for the implementation of a future Closing the Education Gap country accelerator model.
A high-level “Education 4.0 Coalition”—a community of champions in primary and secondary education that includes heads of international organizations, EdTech leaders, experts, education finance leaders and policymakers—was convened in July 2020. The Community strongly supported the implementation of country-level Closing the Education Gap Accelerators. There was also consensus for the community to be convened on a regular basis to align on the post-COVID-19 recovery in education.