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

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

Arab Geophysical Exploration Services Company

AGESCO 1984 Tripoli Libya F eg

Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations

AGFUND 1981 Riyadh Saudi Arabia F fg

Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization

AICTO 2001 Tunis Tunisia E g

Arab Institute for Human Rights

AIHR 1989 Tunis Tunisia E j

Arab Institute for Labour Education and Research

1974 Algiers Algeria E j

Arab Institute for Studies and Communication, Lebanon

AISC 1998 G j

Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics

AITRS 1971 Amman Jordan E j

Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization

ALECSO 1964 Tunis Tunisia D g

Arab Network for Civic Education

ANHRE 2009 Amman Jordan D

Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

ANQAHE 2005 Manama Bahrain D

Arab Office for Youth and Environment

AOYE 1978 Cairo Egypt G

Arab Open University

AOU Safat Kuwait G

Arab Press Freedom Watch


Arab Publishers' Association

APA 1995 Giza Egypt D

Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization

ARCO 1975 Riyadh Saudi Arabia E

Arab Region Ecotechnie Network

AREN 2002 Aswan Egypt K

Arab Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives

ARBICA 1972 Alger Gare Algeria K

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

ARDD Amman Jordan G

Arab School of Science and Technology

ASST 1978 Kuwait Kuwait G

Arab Society for Academic Freedom

2008 J

Arab Society for Academic Freedoms

ASAF 2008 Amman Jordan D

Arab States Broadcasting Union

ASBU 1969 Tunis Tunisia D g

Arab States Research and Education Network

ASREN Amman Jordan F

Arab Student Aid International

ASAI 1977 Dublin OH USA F

Arab Thought Forum

ATF 1981 Amman Jordan F

Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences

AUASS 1998 Sharjah United Arab Emirates D y

Arab Water Network for Capacity Building

Awarenet Beirut Lebanon F

Arab Women in Maritime Association

AWiMA 2017 J

Arab Women Organization

AW0 2003 Cairo Egypt D g

Arab Youth Movement

AYM Nazareth Israel K

Arab-US Association for Communication Educators

AUSACE 1995 Winter Park FL USA D

Arabian Gulf University

AGU 1981 Manama Bahrain F g

Arabic Alliance for Freedom and Democracy

AAFD Cairo Egypt J

Arabic Language International Council

Beirut Lebanon D

Arbeiterwohlfahrt International

AWO International 1998 Berlin Germany G

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpenländer

ARGE ALP 1972 Innsbruck Austria E

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Lateinamerika-Forschung

ADLAF 1965 Hamburg Germany N

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedenspädagogik

AGFP 1974 Munich Germany N

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Angewandte Humanpharmakologie

AGAH Hamburg Germany G

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Friedens-und Konfliktforschung

AFK 1968 Hamburg Germany G

Arbetarrörelsens Barnorganisationer i Norden

ABN 1960 Södra Sunderbyn Sweden D

ARC Asia Pacific Futures Research Network

Hong Kong Hong Kong N

Archbishop of Sydney's Anglican Aid

Sydney NSW Australia G f

Archbold Tropical Research Center

1988 Charleston SC USA N

Architects Council of Europe

ACE 1990 Brussels Belgium D

Architects Regional Council Asia

ARCASIA 1979 Singapore Singapore F

Architectural Research Centers Consortium

ARCC 1976 Muncie IN USA F

Architectural Research Network

ARENA 2013 London UK F v