The future of Education & Work: 21st Century Education for 21st Century Skills

Part 1 - Lead Organizer


Contact Person

Anurag Maloo

Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate)



Regional Lead & Head of Partnerships (Asia-Pacific), Seedstars



Economy of Residence


Primary Stakeholder Group

Private Sector


Part 2 - Session Proposal

Your proposal is for

Main Conference (Day 1-3)

Session Title

The future of Education & Work: 21st Century Education for 21st Century Skills


Inclusion Sustainability internet development, education, capacity buidling

Session Format

Panel Discussion

Where do you plan to organize your session?

Virtual / online

Specific Issues for Discussion

The world is changing fast and the current education systems do not prepare youth for the future. According to ... there was just only 9% of enrollment in tertiary education in low-income countries (vs. 40% globally in 2019). Skills are shifting, by 2025 analytical thinking, innovation and problem solving are some of the skills that youth will need. As a consequence (digital) talents are not prepared, thus how youth can keep with an ever changing labor market and how we can help institutions upskill to prepare the next generation for the future of work.

Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF

The impact that 21st century education and 21st century skills have on youth in Asia links to the concept of internet governance, inclusivity, sustainable and development of internet. Youth in the world and in this case in Asia needs to have access to digital education that enables them to upskill and prepare for the future of work, education that includes 21st century skills. However the current education systems create skills gap that have a disproportionate economic impact (**$11.5 Trillion** is the annual global cost due to the digital skills gap) because the soft and hard skill sets that are required to build, run a company or enter the workforce are not there.

Methodology / Agenda

This session is a panel discussion where participants are invited to discuss about the importance of 21st century education in their experiences. The session will be divided into two main sub-sections which are (1) What is the approach that 21st century education has in your country/region and what are the challenges? (2) Possible solutions to solve the access the 21st century education. The session is divided into 5 mins session introduction, 20 mins for the first round of discussion (each participant has 5 mins), the second session is set for 15 mins (2-3 mins for each participants), and 20 mins Q&A.

Please provide 3 subject matter tags that best describe your session.

#digitaleducation #21stcenturyskills #futureofwork


Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)

Name Designation Organization Economy of Residence Stakeholder Group Gender Status of Confirmation
Moderator (Primary) Anju Mangal APAC Regional Coordinator Regional Head Coordinator (APAC) World Wide Web Foundation Asia-Pacific Press \/ Media Female Confirmed
Moderator (Back-up) Cristina Fonseca Partnerships Manager Asia-Pacific Seedstars Taiwan Private Sector Female Confirmed
Speaker 1 Roya Mahboob Founder & CEO Founder &CEO, Digital Citizen Fund Afghanistan Civil Society Female Invited
Speaker 2 Anurag Maloo Regional Lead (APAC) Seedstars India Private Sector Male Confirmed
Speaker 3 Suman Shakya Cofounder Nepal Entrepreneurs Hub Nepal Civil Society Male Invited
Speaker 4 Chimi Thonden Senior Education Specialist, Pacific Department Asian Development Bank Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Organization Female Invited


Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.

Anju Mangal is passionate about Women and ICT and Cybersafety for women and girls. She was a founding member of the Pacific Women and ICT. She continues to work with key stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region on various areas such as digital rights digital inclusion, cybersecurity, privacy, security etc. Anju as the Regional Head of WorldWide Web Foundation supports stakeholder collaborations to advance affordable digital inclusion access across Asia. Cristina Fonseca is part of the Asia Team at Seedstars, she is an entrepreneur, feminist, community builder, problem solver and a people’s connector. When not discussing how women of different countries and cultures are oppressed by the things others think of as empowering; she envisions new ways to make business models more efficient. Roya Mahboob, is a businesswoman and entrepreneur from Afghanistan. She founded and serves as CEO of Digital Citizen Fund & the Afghan Citadel Software Company. She has received attention for being among the first IT female CEOs in Afghanistan. In 2013, she was named to TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for her work with AfghanGirls Robotics Team and in building internet classrooms in high schools in Afghanistan. Chimi Thonden, has more than 20 years of experience in the area of international education development in SouthAsia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and USA. She currently leads ADB’s education sector projects in the Pacific, which include basic education, tertiary education, and technical/vocational education training. In past, Ms. Thonden has worked with USAID, developing and managing large-scale education programs in Indonesia as well as education-in-conflict programming in Nepal. Anurag currently leads Seedstars in Asia-Pacific, to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. He focuses on developing the Seedstars partnerships, business development and new market expansion strategy for impact to support entrepreneurs and invest in innovative solutions helping achieve the UN Global Goals. Previously for 6 years, he has worked with Techstars, the global platform for investment & innovation to grow and catalyse the regional entrepreneurship ecosystems across APAC. He is an entrepreneur, educator, community builder, and innovation ecosystem architect. Suman Shakya is the Cofounder of Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Hub. He is a consultant (to the World Bank Group), a trainer and serial entrepreneur with over 24 years of entrepreneurial experience with Tangent Waves, SmartPaani, Rooster Logic. He is an adjunct faculty of strategy-and-marketing at business schools and Area Director and Past-President of Everest Toastmasters Club.