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

AO Alliance

2015 Davos-Platz Switzerland E


2008 Davos-Platz Switzerland E

AO Recon

2014 Davos-Platz Switzerland E

AO Trauma International

AO Trauma 2008 Davos-Platz Switzerland E


1969 Davos-Platz Switzerland E

Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network

DEVNET 1996 Wellington New Zealand G

Apereo Foundation

J f

APHELEIA - Humanities International Association For Cultural Integrated Landscape Management

2017 Mação Portugal E


2012 F v

Apiculture, Formation, Coopération

AFOCO La Louvière Belgium N

APPA-Leadership in Educational Facilities

1914 Alexandria VA USA G

Appel aide aux enfants victimes de conflits

1969 Paris France G

Applied Health, Equity and Development Research Network

AHEAD Network 2015 Marseille France F

Applied Regional Science Conference

ARSC 1987 Tokyo Japan N c

Aprovecho Research Center

1978 Cottage Grove OR USA N

APS Europeo Istituto Pegaso

2007 Foggia Italy E j

ARA International

1982 Québec QC Canada F

Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport

AASTMT 1972 Alexandria Egypt F g

Arab Academy of Banking and Financial Sciences

AABFS 1988 Amman Jordan G

Arab Academy of Dermatology and Aesthetics

AADA 2011 Dubai United Arab Emirates J

Arab Academy of Music

AAM 1971 Amman Jordan E g

Arab African Institute for Culture and Strategic Studies

J jp

Arab African Youth Council

AAYC 2004 Khartoum Sudan E

Arab and African Research Centre

AARC 1987 Giza Egypt G

Arab Archives Institute

1999 Amman Jordan G j

Arab Bank Centre for Scientific Research

ABCSR 1999 Amman Jordan K

Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States

ABEGS 1975 Riyadh Saudi Arabia E g

Arab Campaign for Education for All

ACEA Ramallah Palestine F

Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies

ACRPS 2010 Al Daayen Qatar D

Arab Centre for Arabization, Translation, Authorship and Publication

ACATAP 1990 E g

Arab Centre for International Humanitarian Law and Human Right Education

ACIHL 2000 Bischheim France E

Arab Centre for Legal and Judicial Research, Beirut


Arab Centre for Media Studies

Cairo Egypt D

Arab Centre for Social Insurance, Khartoum

1980 Khartoum Sudan K g

Arab Centre for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession

ACIJLP 1997 Cairo Egypt G

Arab Centre for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands

ACSAD 1968 Damascus Syrian AR E g

Arab College of Neurosurgery


Arab Council for Childhood and Development

ACCD 1987 Cairo Egypt D y

Arab Council for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research

ACGSSR 1992 Giza Egypt E

Arab Council for the Social Sciences

ACSS 2010 Beirut Lebanon D

Arab Council for the Training of Students of Arab Universities


Arab Cultural Club

Beirut Lebanon N

Arab Educational Information Network

Shamaa 2010 Beirut Lebanon F

Arab Educational Training Centre for Gulf States

1999 Doha Qatar G

Arab Federation for Food Industries

AFFI 1977 Damascus Syrian AR D t

Arab Federation for Libraries and Information

AFLI 1986 Jeddah Saudi Arabia D v

Arab Forum for Young Entrepreneur Associations

AFYE Tunis Tunisia F

Arab Foundations Forum

AFF 2006 Amman Jordan F y

Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

AFAC 2007 Beirut Lebanon F f

Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development

AFESD 1968 Kuwait Kuwait F fg