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

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

1925 New York NY USA G j

YMCA Europe

1973 Prague E

Yoga Research Foundation

YRF 1969 Miami FL USA G f

YOU Stiftung - Bildung für Kinder in Not

YOU Stiftung 1992 Düsseldorf Germany G f

Young Academy of Europe

YAE 2012 Cardiff UK D

Young African Leaders Initiative

YALI 2010 J

Young Americas Business Trust

YABT 1999 Washington DC USA G

Young Arab Women Entrepreneurs

YAWE Beirut Lebanon J

Young Asian Biological Engineers’ Community


Young Democrats for Europe

YDE 2007 E

Young Dentists Worldwide

YDW 1992 Szeged Hungary E v

Young Entrepreneurs for Europe

YES for Europe 1988 Brussels Belgium D

Young Europe - Youth Network Against Racism and Intolerance

YNRI Moscow Russia G

Young European Biotech Network

YEBN 2002 Lübeck Germany D

Young European Federalists

1970 Brussels Belgium D

Young European Leadership

YEL Brussels Belgium F

Young European Media Professionals

YEMP 2004 E t

Young European Researchers in Mathematics Education

YERME 2001 Bergen Norway E

Young European Socialists

YES 1992 Brussels Belgium E

Young Feminist Fund

FRIDA 2010 F f

Young Friends of the Countryside

YFCS Brussels Belgium E

Young Friends of the Earth Europe

Young FoEE Brussels Belgium E

Young Global Leadership Foundation

YGLF 2005 New York NY USA G

Young Global Pioneers

YGP 2014 Hellerup Denmark G

Young Humanists International

London UK D

Young Liberals and Democrats of Asia

YLDA 2002 D

Young People We Care

YPWC Kumasi Ghana G

Young Phycological Society International

YPSI 2012 Chennai India D

Young Presidents' Organization

YPO 1950 Irving TX USA G

Young Professionals for Agricultural Development

YPARD 2005 Rome Italy F t

Young Professionals in Energy

YPE Houston TX USA N t

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

YPFP 2004 F

Young Property Lawyers' Forum


Young Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research


Young Topologists Meeting


YoungShip International


YourStory International

YSI Centerville MA USA N

Youth Action for Change

YAC Mezzago Italy E

Youth Afrique Leadership Forum

Abuja Nigeria G

Youth against Racism in Europe

YRE 1992 London UK D

Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa

YALDA 2004 Gaborone Botswana E

Youth and Environment Europe

YEE 1983 Prague Czech Rep E

Youth and European Social Work

YES Forum 2002 Stuttgart Germany F

Youth and United Nations Global Alliance

YUNGA 2009 Rome Italy E y

Youth Arise International

YAI 1994 Phoenix AZ USA F v

Youth Atlantic Treaty Association

YATA 1997 Brussels Belgium E

Youth Business International

YBI 1999 London UK G

Youth Challenge International

YCI 1989 Toronto ON Canada G

Youth Climate


Youth Coalition

YCSRR 1999 Ottawa ON Canada F