Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Quality Education

Progress towards quality education was already slower than required before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has had devastating impacts on education, causing learning losses in four out of five of the 104 countries studied.

Without additional measures, an estimated 84 million children and young people will stay out of school by 2030 and approximately 300 million students will lack the basic numeracy and literacy skills necessary for success in life.

In addition to free primary and secondary schooling for all boys and girls by 2030, the aim is to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to quality higher education.

Education is the key that will allow many other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved. When people are able to get quality education they can break from the cycle of poverty.

Education helps to reduce inequalities and to reach gender equality. It also empowers people everywhere to live more healthy and sustainable lives. Education is also crucial to fostering tolerance between people and contributes to more peaceful societies.

To deliver on Goal 4, education financing must become a national investment priority. Furthermore, measures such as making education free and compulsory, increasing the number of teachers, improving basic school infrastructure and embracing digital transformation are essential.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

'Athenaeum' International Cultural Center

1975 Athens Greece G

"Great Silk Way" International Youth Union

GSW International Youth Union 2012 Baku Azerbaijan G

100 Million

2016 Lienden Netherlands F f

21st Century African Youth Movement

AYM 2001 Alexandria VA USA N

3Strands Global Foundation

3SGF 2010 El Dorado Hills CA USA G f

A Soul for Europe

ASF Brussels Belgium E

AACE International

1956 Fairmont WV USA F v

AACSB International - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

1916 Tampa FL USA G y

Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability

UCPBL Aalborg Denmark G

Abacusking International Abacus Mental-Arithmetic Alliance

AIAMA 1983 Singapore Singapore J

ABANTU for Development

1991 Accra Ghana E


1932 Baltimore MD USA G y

Abul Kalam Azad Oriental Research Institute, Hyderabad

1959 Hyderabad India N j

Academia de Centroamérica, San José

1969 San José Costa Rica G

Academia de Ciencias de América Latina

ACAL 1982 Caracas Venezuela F v

Academia Europa Nostra

AEN 2007 Nowa Karczma Poland G

Academia Europaea

1988 London UK F v

Academia Ibero-Latinoamericana de Valoración del Daño Corporal


Academia Iberoamericana de Criminalistica y Estudios Forenses

AICEF 2004 Alcala de Henares Spain D

Academia Iberoamericana de Derecho del Trabajo y de la Seguridad Social

AIADTSS 1972 E v

Academia Internacional de Odontologia Integral

AIOI 1992 Sao Paulo Brazil E

Academia Latinitati Fovendae

ALF 1966 Rome Italy F v

Academia Latinoamericana de Médicos Intervencionistas en Dolor

ALMID 2012 La Paz Bolivia D

Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis

AOI 1975 Leiden Netherlands E v

Academic Associates Peace Works

AAPW 1988 Abuja Nigeria G

Academic Business Library Directors


Academic Consortium for the 21st Century

AC21 2002 Nagoya Japan C

Academic Cooperation Association

ACA 1993 Brussels Belgium D y

Academic Council on the United Nations System

ACUNS 1987 Washington DC USA E y

Academic Forum for Foreigh Affairs

AFA 1946 Vienna Austria G

Academic Network Public and Political Leadership

PUPOL 2012 F

Academic Scientific Research Organization

ASRO 2011 Graz Austria E

Academic Travel Abroad

ATA 1948 Washington DC USA N

Académie d'environnement d'expression francophone, philosophique et scientifique

1977 Le Vésinet France G jv

Académie des sciences d'outre-mer

1922 Paris France G

Académie diplomatique internationale

ADI 1926 F g

Académie européenne

1995 Paris France F

Académie européenne de médecine de réadaptation

1969 E v

Académie européenne des arts

1979 Leuze Belgium N

Académie européenne, Paris

1984 Paris France G

Académie internationale d'été de Wallonie

Libramont Belgium N

Académie internationale de droit comparé

AIDC 1924 Paris France C v

Académie internationale de généalogie

AIG 1998 Serravalle San Marino E

Académie internationale de harpe Pierre Jamet

1992 N

Académie internationale de la gastronomie

AIG 1983 Levallois-Perret France J

Académie internationale de la pipe

AIP 1984 Llangollen UK E

Académie internationale des arts et des lettres, Paris

AIAL 1973 Paris France G

Académie internationale des conseillers en assurances

AICA 1984 St-Genesius-Rode Belgium N

Académie internationale des droits de l'homme

AIDH 1982 Puteaux France N

Académie internationale des experts en écriture et documents

AIEED Vourles France N