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

Africa Freedom of Information Centre

AFIC 2006 Kampala Uganda F y

Africa Health Research Institute

AHRI 2016 Durban South Africa D

Africa Heart Foundation

AHF 2007 London UK N f

Africa Humanitarian Action

AHA 1994 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G

Africa Network Campaign on Education for All

ANCEFA 2001 Dakar Senegal F

Africa Network for Animal Welfare

ANAW 2006 Nairobi Kenya F

Africa Network of Young Peace-Builders

ANYP 2001 The Hague Netherlands F

Africa on the Move

AFRiMOVE 2018 Kampala Uganda J

Africa Peace Research and Education Association

AFPREA 1985 Lagos Nigeria D

Africa Philanthropy Network

APN 2009 Dar es Salaam Tanzania UR F y

Africa Platform for Social Protection

APSP Nairobi Kenya F

Africa University, Mutare

1992 Mutare Zimbabwe G

Africa World Press

1979 Trenton NJ USA N

Africa Youth for Peace and Development

AYPAD 1995 Freetown Sierra Leone G

Africa Youth Trust

AYC Nairobi Kenya G

Africa-America Institute

AAI 1953 New York NY USA G j

Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies

AEGIS 1991 Leiden Netherlands E y


2000 Brussels Belgium G

African Academy of Languages

ACALAN 2000 Bamako Mali D

African Academy of Sciences

AAS 1985 Nairobi Kenya F v

African Action on AIDS

AAA 1990 New York NY USA G

African Aeronautics & Space Organisation

AASO Dammarie-les-Lys France G

African Agency For Integrated Development

AAID 1998 Fort Portal Uganda G

African Agricultural Economics Education Network

AAEEN Nairobi Kenya F

African Alliance for Women Empowerment

AFRAWE Cairo Egypt N

African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education

CAMES 1968 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso D gy

African Association for the Study of Religions

AASR 1992 Leiden Netherlands D

African Association of Insect Scientists

AAIS 1978 Nairobi Kenya D

African Association of Physics Students

AAPS 2005 Accra Ghana E

African Book Bank International

ABBI Lagos Nigeria N

African Books Collective

ABC 1989 Oxford UK F y

African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism

ACSRT 2004 Algiers Algeria E g

African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development

ACAHD 2002 Lagos Nigeria G

African Centre for Applied Research and Training in Social Development


African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education

ACARE 2017 Ann Arbor MI USA D

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies

ACDHRS 1989 Serekunda Gambia E

African Centre for Empowerment and Gender Advocacy

Nairobi Kenya G

African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies


African Centre for Peace Education and Training

ACPET 2000 Lagos Nigeria G

African Centre for Technology Studies

ACTS 1982 Nairobi Kenya E

African Child Education Right Initiative

ACERI Lagos Nigeria G

African Climate Change Research Centre

ACCREC 2009 Dutse Nigeria G

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

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

African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies

ACLARS 2014 Houghton South Africa D

African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance

ACOTA 1996 Washington DC USA G g

African Council for Communication Education

ACCE 1976 Nairobi Kenya D

African Council for Distance Education

ACDE 2004 Nairobi Kenya D