Leveraging technology to strengthen education and skills development for the future: Cases from India

BRICS countries collectively comprise 40 percent of the world’s population (Statista, 2014). However, what truly defines this shared commonality among the nations is the diversity of population, culture and languages within the borders. India has 28 States and 8 Union Territories and according to the latest Census (2011), more than 19,500 mother tongues are spoken in India (Indian Express, 2018). Similarly, Africa is home to about one-third of the world’s languages with about 1,000 to 2,000 languages (Harvard University, n.d).