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

Action pour le développement - SOS Faim

SOS Faim 1964 Brussels Belgium G

Action Research Network of the Americas

ARNA 2012 F


1972 Johannesburg South Africa F f


2014 Helsinki Finland F

ACTS International

1968 San Clemente CA USA G

ACUMA Incorporated

Killarney Heights NSW Australia N

Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace

1986 Jerusalem Israel G j

Adara Development

1998 Edmonds WA USA F f

Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Protocol of San Salvador 1988 Washington DC USA T g


2008 Brussels Belgium D

Adjudicating Committee for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize

1961 Reykjavik Iceland E g

Administration universitaire francophone et européenne en médecine et odontologie

AUFEMO 1982 Strasbourg France D y

Adorers of the Blood of Christ

ASC Sisters 1834 Rome Italy R

Adriano Olivetti Foundation

1962 Rome Italy G f

Adriatic Ionian Euroregion

AIE 2006 Campobasso Italy D

Adriatic Onomastic Research Centre

Zadar Croatia N

Adults Learning Mathematics: International Research Forum

ALM 1992 F

Advanced Mathematical Methods for Finance

AMaMeF 2010 F

Advances in Modal Logic

AiML 1995 Helsinki Finland F c

Advances in Neuroblastoma Research Association

ANRA Philadelphia PA USA C

Advancing Girls' Education in Africa

AGE Africa 2005 Washington DC USA G

Adventist Development and Relief Agency International

ADRA 1956 Silver Spring MD USA F

Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies

AIIAS 1987 Cavite Philippines G j

Adventure Therapy International Committee

ATIC 2006 E

Adventure Tourism Research Association

ATRA 2014 Fort William UK G

Advisory Centre on WTO Law

ACWL 2001 Geneva Switzerland E g

Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea

ACOPS 1952 London UK E y

Advocates for Youth, Washington DC

1980 Washington DC USA G

AECC University College

1965 Bournemouth UK G v

Aerial Archaeology Research Group

AARG 1983 Zagreb Croatia F


1987 Nairobi Kenya F v

Afri - Action from Ireland

1975 Dublin Ireland G

Africa 2000

2004 London UK G

Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network

AAKNet 2013 Nairobi Kenya J

Africa Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations

1977 Nairobi Kenya E

Africa Asia Development Relief Foundation

ADRF 1994 Seoul Korea Rep G f

Africa Asia Scholars Global Network

AASGON 2010 Chatham UK G

Africa Centre for Citizens Orientation

ACCO 2002 Abuja Nigeria G

Africa Centre, London

1964 London UK G

Africa Civil Society for the Information Society

ACSIS 2003 Dakar Senegal D

Africa Committee

1973 Basel Switzerland E

Africa Community Publishing and Development Trust

ACPDT 1995 Harare Zimbabwe G

Africa Culture Internationale Human Rights

ACI Human Rights 1996 Geneva Switzerland G

Africa Development Interchange Network

ADIN 1985 Douala Cameroon G

Africa Educational Trust

1958 London UK G f

Africa Faith and Justice Network

AFJN 1983 Washington DC USA G

Africa for Research in Comparative Education Society

AFRICE Yaoundé Cameroon J

Africa Foundation

1997 Pointe Noire Congo Brazzaville G fy

Africa Freedom of Information Centre

AFIC 2006 Kampala Uganda F y

Africa Health Research Institute

AHRI 2016 Durban South Africa D