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 Type III

African Coffee Research Network

ACRN 1993 Mukono Uganda F

African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

ACERWC 2001 Addis Ababa Ethiopia E g Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

African Computer and Technology Literacy Awareness Program Charity

ACTLAP Charity 1995 Mississauga ON Canada G

African Confederation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

CACU 1999 Paris France E UNESCO Bodies, Clubs

African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance

ACOTA 1996 Washington DC USA G g IGOs

African Council for Communication Education

ACCE 1976 Nairobi Kenya D

African Council for Distance Education

ACDE 2004 Nairobi Kenya D

African Cultural Center, Hercules CA

1991 Hercules CA USA N

African Cultural Institute

Berlin Germany G j Institutes

African Culture Promotion

Brussels Belgium N

African Dental Education Association

AfDEA Dakar Senegal D

African Development Aid Association

ADAA 1988 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G Humanitarian Organizations

African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe

ADYNE 2009 Brussels Belgium F

African Digital Library Support Network

ADLSN Addis Ababa Ethiopia F

African Economic Research Consortium

AERC 1988 Nairobi Kenya F y International Federations

African Educational Research Network

AERN 1992 Albany GA USA F

African Energy Policy Research Network

AFREPREN/FWD 1987 Nairobi Kenya F v

African Engineering Education Association

AEEA Lagos Nigeria E

African Evaluation Association

AfrEA 1999 Accra Ghana D

African Federation of Private Schools Associations

AFPSA 2014 Kampala Uganda G

African Federation of the International College of Surgeons

Cairo Egypt K

African Forum for Children's Literacy in Science and Technology

AFCLIST Durban South Africa G

African Forum for Research and Education in Health

AFREhealth 2016 F

African Freedom of Expression Exchange

AFEX Accra Ghana F y International Federations

African Gamebird Research, Education and Development Trust

AGRED 1990 Johannesburg South Africa G

African Gender and Media Initiative

GEM Nairobi Kenya G

African Graduate Nutrition Students Network

Tamale Ghana F Alumni and Veterans

African Heritage Research Library and Cultural Center

AHRLC 1988 Ibadan Nigeria F

African Initiatives

1995 Bristol UK G Human Rights Organizations

African Initiatives for Relief and Development

AIRD 2006 Kampala Uganda F

African Institute for Development Policy Research and Dialogue

AFIDEP Nairobi Kenya G j Institutes

African Institute for Economic and Social Development - African Training Centre

1977 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire E j Institutes, UNESCO Bodies

African Institute for Strategic Research Governance and Development

AISRGD 2007 Kampala Uganda G j Institutes

African Jurists' Association

AJA 1979 Dakar Senegal D v Human Rights Organizations

African Language Teachers' Association

ALTA 1988 Bloomington IN USA N Institutes

African Law Students' Association

ALSA 2000 Menlo Park South Africa G

African Liberal Youth

OALY 1997 D

African Library Project

2005 Berkeley CA USA G

African Literature Association

ALA 1974 Geneva NY USA G

African Materials Research Society

African MRS 2002 Accra Ghana D

African Movement of Working Children and Youth

AMWCY 1994 Dakar Senegal F

African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education

ANAFE 1993 Nairobi Kenya F

African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems

AFRICALICS 2012 Nairobi Kenya F

African Network for Geo-Education

ANGE El Jadida Morocco F v

African Network for Internationalization of Education

ANIE Eldoret Kenya F

African Network of Research on Storage Insects

ANERSI 1993 Lomé Togo F

African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions

ANSTI 1980 Nairobi Kenya F UNESCO Bodies

African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development

ANYL4PSD Yaoundé Cameroon F

African Office for Development and Cooperation

1976 Dakar Senegal G Humanitarian Organizations

African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer

AORTIC 1982 Rondebosch South Africa D

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