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

ASEAN-AVRDC Regional Network on Vegetable Research and Development

AARNET 1999 Tainan Taiwan E g

ASEAN-European Academic University Network

ASEA UNINET 1994 Vienna Austria F

Asha for Education

1991 New York NY USA N


1993 Tokyo Japan G


1894 Peachtree Corners GA USA G

Asia Academy of Management

AAM 1997 Shatin Hong Kong D

Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs

APAY 1949 Kowloon Hong Kong E

Asia and Pacific Museum, Warsaw

1973 Warsaw Poland N

Asia and Pacific Transgender Network

APTN 2009 Bangkok Thailand F

Asia and the Pacific Policy Society


Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary

ABGTS 1959 Baguio Philippines F

Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

ACSEP Singapore Singapore G

Asia Centre of the Commonwealth Youth Programme

CYP Asia Centre 1975 Chandigarh India K g

Asia Evangelistic Fellowship

AEF 1960 Duncraig WA Australia N

Asia Federation of the International College of Surgeons

Chicago IL USA K

Asia Food and Nutrition Research Institute

1971 Seoul Korea Rep N j

Asia Graduate School of Theology - Malaysia/Singapore/Thailand

AGST-MST 2004 Singapore Singapore G

Asia Institute, Los Angeles CA

Los Angeles CA USA N j

Asia Islet Biology and Incretin Research Association

AIBIS Seoul Korea Rep D c

Asia Japan Women's Resource Centre

AJWRC 1994 Tokyo Japan G

Asia Maritime & Fisheries Universities Forum

AMFUF 2002 Busan Korea Rep F c

Asia Network Beyond Design


Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources

ANSAB 1992 Kathmandu Nepal F

Asia Oceania Agricultural Proteomics Organization

AOAPO Karaj Iran Islamic Rep D

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

AOGS 2003 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Pacific Academy of Implant Dentistry

APAiD New Taipei City Taiwan D

Asia Pacific Academy of Materials

APAM 1992 Shenyang China E

Asia Pacific Activities Conference

APAC 1995 J

Asia Pacific Association for Fiduciary Studies

APAFS 2000 Hagatna Guam D

Asia Pacific Association of Educators in Agriculture and Environment

APEAEN 1997 Los Baños Philippines D

Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors

APAME 2008 Manila Philippines D

Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Urologists

APAPU 1998 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asia Pacific Association of Robotic Surgeons

APARS Seoul Korea Rep D

Asia Pacific Baptist Youth

APBY 1956 Okinawa Japan J

Asia Pacific Business School Librarians' Group

APBSLG Singapore Singapore D

Asia Pacific Forum for Graduate Students' Research in Tourism


Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network

APIYN 2002 J

Asia Pacific International College

APIC 2004 Sydney NSW Australia N

Asia Pacific International University, Kolkata

APIU Kolkata India N

Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education and Research

ANCER 2011 Singapore Singapore J

Asia Pacific Network Operators Group

APNOG Milton QLD Australia F c

Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation

APPFI Quezon City Philippines G

Asia Pacific Pediatric Association

APPA 1974 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia D

Asia Pacific Protein Association

APPA Osaka Japan D

Asia Pacific Research Committee

APRC 2009 Glebe NSW Australia D

Asia Pacific Research Integrity Network

APRI Network C

Asia Pacific Research Intelligence Conference

Asia Pacific Research Intelligence Conference 2014 S c

Asia Pacific Society for Materials Research

APSMR Mongkok Hong Kong D

Asia Pacific Society for the Study of the Aging Male

APSSAM 2001 Subang Jaya Malaysia D

Asia Pacific Socio-Economic Research Institute

APSERI 1995 Delhi India G j