Journey towards digital transformation
Technology is now available to make the governance system more functional, however, there is a lack of investment in the education sector in Nepal for generating true human resources. Literacy is at the core of SDG4. ...Non-Literate people are disproportionately affected by the COVID- 19 crisis. ...Tackling the root causes of educational marginalisation.
Rural transformation is a big global project in the world scenario for meeting the need of ambitious digital transformation worldwide. Around 50% of the developing world’s population (Nepal: 80%; India: 66%; China: 40%) is living in the rural sector, mostly in agrarian sectors with lack of incentive and facilities for modern education system. A large percentage of them are impoverished and do not have access to latest electronic technology and digital transformation revolutionizing the urban world because of the availability of information. This is becoming a situation of a digital divide between rural sector and urban sector.
Nepal is a starter country and has just about begun their journey towards digital talent development. Nepal officially started allowing elementary education for general mass only after 1950. The current education quality in rural areas is very poor in today's context. On the whole, the government still has not invested adequately in the education sector. Many starter countries have had a high reliance on the private sector to drive digital talent development with limited government involvement. Associations like FNCCI (Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce etc ) should understand and bring out programs to strengthen the digital transformation of industries. Nepal should learn from these countries. Many regional countries are sufficient in size to be able to collaborate with the private sector and address many of the points on this checklist. The first and immediate priority would be to analyze the current and future state. Many regional starter countries have managed to set up massive online national programs to drive digital education. This can be supplemented with initiatives such as internship programs and developing digital programs in partnerships with the private sector. Nepal should collaborate with these countries to speed up transformation stressing on the need of Human Capital Development. Setting up a dedicated government agency with a clear mandate and budget for talent development is also a must focus immediate priority. Nepal government should position experts and must focus on the strategy of developing this setor and keep this area as top national priority. Nepalese students are talented. Female students should be encouraged in these sectors. The biggest attraction of Asia Pacific as a region is its size as a market, the diversity of its talent pool and its importance as a sourcing destination for technology. While nation states will compete, and this augurs well for the overall development of the region, the long-term growth will come through solid collaborations between nations and the key stakeholders of Government Policy Makers, Industry leaders and Academic sectors