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 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

African Population and Health Research Center

APHRC 1995 Nairobi Kenya E

African Promise Foundation

Maple Valley WA USA G f Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

African Publishers Network

APNET 1992 Accra Ghana F

African Refugees Foundation

AREF 1993 Lagos Nigeria F f Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

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 Rights Initiative International

ARII 2007 Madina Ghana G Human Rights Organizations

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

African Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

AFSTSS 2000 Johannesburg South Africa D v

African Studies Center, Michigan State University

1960 East Lansing MI USA G

African Tax Research Network

ATRN Pretoria South Africa F

African Technology Policy Studies Network

ATPS Nairobi Kenya E

African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development

CAFRAD 1964 Tangiers Morocco E g IGOs

African Union International Centre for Girls' and Women's Education in Africa

AU/CIEFFA Ouagadougou Burkina Faso E g

African Union Scientific Technical Research Commission

AU STRC 1965 Abuja Nigeria E g IGOs

African University for Cooperative Development

AUCD 1967 Cotonou Benin F g Institutes, IGOs

African Virtual University

AVU 1997 Nairobi Kenya F g IGOs

African Women Empowerment Guild

AWEG 1995 Benin City Nigeria G

African Women's Development and Communication Network

FEMNET 1988 Nairobi Kenya F Human Rights Organizations

African Women's Welfare Group

Tottenham UK G

African Young Positives Network

AY+ 2011 J

African Youth Foundation

AYF 2000 Bonn Germany G f Foundations

African Youth Growth Foundation

AYGF 2003 Abuja Nigeria J f Foundations

African Youth Movement

AYM 2002 Uyo Nigeria F

African Youth Safe Abortion Alliance

AYOSA 2014 Mzuzu Malawi D

African Youths Initiative on Crime Prevention

AYICRIP Lagos Nigeria G

Africana Studies and Research Center

1969 Ithaca NY USA N


1970 Washington DC USA F Humanitarian Organizations


Ebene Mauritius F

Afriterra Foundation

G f Foundations

Afro-Arab Institute for Culture and Strategic Studies

AACI 2002 Bamako Mali E j Institutes

Afro-Arab Network for Women Empowerment

Cairo Egypt N

Afro-Asian Book Council

AABC 1990 Delhi India F

Afro-Asian Philosophy Association

AAPA 1978 Cairo Egypt C

Afro-Caribbean Education and Training Services

ACETS Nottingham UK N

Afro-European Medical and Research Network

AEMRN Bern Switzerland F

AFS Intercultural Programs

AFS 1915 New York NY USA F

Aga Khan University

AKU 1983 Karachi Pakistan E