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

Action A B C en faveur de l'éducation et de la santé dans le Tiers-monde

1988 Luxembourg Luxembourg G

Action Against Hunger

1979 Paris France F

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 E

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 Swindon UK 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 Johannesburg South Africa F fy