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

Archive of Maori and Pacific Sound

AMPS 1970 Auckland New Zealand G

Archives nationales d'Outre mer

ANOM 1966 Aix-en-Provence France G

Archivo General de Centro América

1846 Guatemala Guatemala N

Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute

AARI 1920 St Petersburg Russia G j

Arctic Marine Ecosystem Research Network

ARCTOS Research Network 2002 Tromsø Norway G

Arctic Vocational Foundation

1991 Övertorneå Sweden F f

ArcticNet Student Association

ASA Québec QC Canada G

Ariadne - European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights

Ariadne 2009 London UK F

Ariel Foundation International

AFI Geneva Switzerland F f


1986 Umeå Sweden G

Armament Industry European Research Group

ARES Group 2016 Paris France J

Armenian Relief Society

ARS 1910 Watertown MA USA E

Armstrong International Cultural Foundation

1996 Edmond OK USA N f

Arnold Bergstraesser Institut für Kulturwissenschaftliche Forschung

ABI 1959 Freiburg Germany G j

Arolsen Archives - International Center on Nazi Persecution

1943 Bad Arolsen Germany F g

Arrangement between Certain Member States of the European Space Research Organisation and the European Space Research Organisation Concerning the Execution of a Meteorological Satellite Programme

1972 T g


1990 Rendsburg Germany F

Art Education for the Blind

AEB 1987 New York NY USA G

Art Moves Africa

AMA Brussels Belgium F f

Art Museum of the Americas, OAS

1976 Washington DC USA K g

Art Restoration for Cultural Heritage Foundation

ARCH Foundation 1991 Salzburg Austria N f

ARTDO International

1974 Manila Philippines D

ARTerial Network

2007 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F

Arthur Rackham Society

1984 Torrance CA USA N v

Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute

AGIRI 2001 Washington DC USA N j

Artists for Conservation

AFC North Vancouver BC Canada G

Artists Project Earth

APE Banbury UK G

Arts for Global Development

2002 G

Arts in Society Research Network

2000 F

Arts Schools Network

1983 Key West FL USA F

Arts-Based Research Global Consortium


ASCAT - International Association of Stamp Catalogue, Stamp Album and Philatelic Magazine Publishers

1977 Unterschleissheim Germany D

ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology

AAET Kuala Lumpur Malaysia D

ASEAN Academy of Neurotology Otology and Audiology

AANOA Bangi Malaysia E

ASEAN Book Publishers Association

ABPA 2005 Singapore Singapore E

ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni

ASCOJA 1977 Bangkok Thailand D

ASEAN Council of Teachers

ACT 1978 D

ASEAN Earthquake Information Centre

AEIC 2000 Jakarta Indonesia E

ASEAN Forestry Students Association

AFSA 1993 Bangkok Thailand D

ASEAN Forum on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia S c

ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Association

AHPADA Kuching Malaysia E

ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation

ASEAN-IPR 2011 Jakarta Indonesia E

ASEAN Insurance Training and Research Institute

AITRI 2000 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E j

ASEAN Plus Three Cultural Cooperation Network


ASEAN Social Security Association

ASSA 1998 D

ASEAN Tourism Research Association

ATRA 2013 Subang Jaya Malaysia D

ASEAN Training Center for Preventive Drug Education

ATCPDE 1979 Quezon City Philippines E g

ASEAN University Network

AUN 1995 Bangkok Thailand F g

ASEAN University Sports Council

AUSC Putrajaya Malaysia E

ASEAN Young Professionals Volunteers Corps

AYPVC 2013 Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei Darussalam J t