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

Xplor International

1980 Lutz FL USA F v

Y's Men International

1922 Geneva Switzerland E


1997 Geneva Switzerland G

Yachay Wasi

1993 New York NY USA E

Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

1953 Jerusalem Israel G

YaLa Young Leaders

2011 J v

Yale Center for the Study of Globalization

YCSG 2001 New Haven CT USA G

YCAB Foundation

2007 New York NY USA G f

YEAR - Young European Associated Researchers

YEAR 2007 Brussels Belgium F

Yehudi Menuhin School

1963 Cobham UK G v


1990 Berkeley CA USA N

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

1925 New York NY USA G j

YMCA Europe

1973 Brussels Belgium E

Yoga Research Foundation

YRF 1969 Miami FL USA G f

YOU Stiftung - Bildung für Kinder in Not

YOU Foundation 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 Brussels Belgium 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 Frankfurt-Main 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 Research Universities

YERUN 2016 Brussels Belgium F

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