South Asian countries account for one-fourth of the world’s population 40 percent of the worlds school age population. The region has made notable progress off-late for its young population by reducing out-of-school children, generating greater development opportunities through vocational training program as well as greater access to higher education. Hence more than 90% of the primary school-age cohort currently attend school in six out of eight countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka). However, region is still faced with significant economic and social challenges.
South Asia accounts for more than one-third of the world’s income poverty with low female participation of under 25% even when women represent 50% of the overall population. Region also significantly lags on education and human development with World Bank study finding top performer in the region only 58% productive to what it would be with full health and nutrition. 89 million children under the age of five are still at risk of not reaching their development potential creating significant challenges for the region to holistically grow and develop…………………………..