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

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 Czechia 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

Youth Express Network

Y-E-N 1993 Strasbourg France F

Youth for a United World

YUW 1983 Rome Italy K v

Youth for Christ International

YFCI 1968 Englewood CO USA B

Youth for Exchange and Understanding

YEU 1986 Brussels Belgium F

Youth for Habitat International Network

YFHIN 1995 Istanbul Türkiye F

Youth for Road Safety

YOURS 2010 Culemborg Netherlands E

Youth for Technology Foundation

YTF 2000 Louisville KY USA G f

Youth for Transparency International

YTI Toronto ON Canada G

Youth for Understanding

YFU 1951 Brussels Belgium F

Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action

YUVA 1984 Mumbai India G

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 the European People's Party

YEPP 1997 Brussels Belgium E

Youth Orchestra of the Americas

YOA 2000 Arlington VA USA 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 Time International Movement

YT 2010 Prague Czechia J

Youth with a Mission

YWAM 1960 Harpenden UK F

YouthBank International

2014 Belfast UK F

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 J

Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation

1992 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates G f

Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety

Zeitz Foundation 2008 Nairobi Kenya F f

Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung

ZfA 1982 Berlin Germany N