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

African Council for Distance Education

ACDE 2004 Nairobi Kenya D

African Cultural Center, Hercules CA

1991 Hercules CA USA N

African Culture Promotion

Brussels Belgium N

African Dental Education Association

AfDEA Dakar Senegal D

African Development Aid Association

ADAA 1988 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G

African Diaspora Youth Forum in Europe

ADYFE 2014 Vienna Austria J

African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe

ADYNE 2009 Brussels Belgium F

African Digital Library Support Network

ADLSN Addis Ababa Ethiopia F

African Economic History Network

AEHN 2011 F

African Economic Research Consortium

AERC 1988 Nairobi Kenya F y

African Educational Research Network

AERN 1992 Albany GA USA F

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 Agricultural Advisory Services

AFAAS 2005 Kampala Uganda F

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 Kumasi Ghana F

African Freedom of Expression Exchange

AFEX Accra Ghana J 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

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 Capacity Development

AICAD 2000 Nairobi Kenya G j

African Institute for Development Policy Research and Dialogue

AFIDEP 2010 Nairobi Kenya G j

African Institute for Strategic Research Governance and Development

AISRGD 2007 Kampala Uganda G j

African International Institute for Peace

AFIIP 2013 Brussels Belgium E

African Jurists' Association

AJA 1979 Dakar Senegal D v

African Language Teachers' Association

ALTA 1988 Bloomington IN USA N

African Law Students' Association

ALSA 2000 Menlo Park South Africa G

African Liberal Youth

OALY 1997 D

African Library and Information Associations and Institutions

AfLIA 2013 Accra Ghana D

African Library Project

2005 Mount Royal NJ 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 J

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

African Network of Social Entrepreneurship Scholars

ANSES 2017 Hatfield South Africa J

African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development

ANYL4PSD Yaoundé Cameroon F

African Office for Development and Cooperation

1976 Dakar Senegal G

African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer

AORTIC 1982 Rondebosch South Africa D

African Parks

AP 2000 Bryanston South Africa F

African Philanthropy Forum

APF 2014 Lagos Nigeria F

African Plant Nutrition Institute

APNI 2019 Ben Guerir Morocco D

African Population and Health Research Center

APHRC 1995 Nairobi Kenya E