Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Quality Education


Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

Over 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Additionally, even the children who are attending schools are lacking basic skills in reading and math. In the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrollment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

The reasons for lack of quality education are due to lack of adequately trained teachers, poor conditions of schools and equity issues related to opportunities provided to rural children. For quality education to be provided to the children of impoverished families, investment is needed in educational scholarships, teacher training workshops, school building and improvement of water and electricity access to schools.

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

Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa

YiSHDA 2010 Abuja Nigeria G

Youth Journalism International

YJI 1994 Auburn ME USA N

Youth Network for Harm Reduction International

Ottawa ON Canada F

Youth of EPP

YEPP 1997 Brussels Belgium E

Youth of European Nationalities

YEN 1963 Berlin Germany F Human Rights Organizations

Youth of the Third World

1988 Madrid Spain G

Youth of the UN

1970 Cali Colombia G United Nations Bodies

Youth Orchestra of the Americas

YOA 2000 Arlington VA USA D

Youth Organisations for Drug Action

YODA 2011 D

Youth Peer Education Network

Y-PEER 1999 J

Youth RISE

2006 London UK F

Youth Society for Peace and Development of the Balkans

YSPDB 1998 Plovdiv Bulgaria G

Youth Third World

1981 Bonn Germany G

Youth to End Sexual Violence

2012 J

Youth with a Mission

YWAM 1960 Harpenden UK F Humanitarian Organizations

YouthBuild International

YBI Somerville MA USA G

Youthvoice Worldwide

YVW London UK N

Zainab Arabian Research Society for Multidisciplinary Issues

ZARSMI 2011 Dubai United Arab Emirates G

Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation

1992 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates G f Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety

Zeitz Foundation 2008 Nairobi Kenya F f Foundations

Zero Emissions Research Initiatives

ZERI 1994 Kamakura Japan E f Foundations

ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

1990 Mannheim Germany G

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