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 Culture Promotion

Brussels Belgium N

African Dental Education Association

AfDEA Dakar Senegal D

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 Freedom of Expression Exchange

AFEX Accra Ghana F y

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 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 Organization for Research and Training in Cancer

AORTIC 1982 Rondebosch South Africa D

African Partnership for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls

AMANITARE 2000 East London South Africa F Human Rights Organizations

African Population and Health Research Center

APHRC 1995 Nairobi Kenya E

African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education - English

ARCSSTE-E 1998 Ile Ife Nigeria E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology

AFRA T g Treaties, IGOs

African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science

ARPPIS 1978 Nairobi Kenya K

African Relief in Action

ARIA International 1995 Houston TX USA G

African Research and Resource Forum

ARRF 2002 Nairobi Kenya F

African Research on Ageing Network

AFRAN 2005 Oxford UK F

African Rural Development Fund

Fondafrica 1997 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire K f Funds, Funds

African School of Architecture and Town Planning

1975 Lomé Togo F g IGOs

African School of Meteorology and Civil Aviation

1963 Niamey Niger E g IGOs

African Sculptures and Cultures

ASC Ghent Belgium N

African Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology

ASPAE 2009 Nairobi Kenya D

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