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

African Digital Library Support Network

ADLSN Addis Ababa 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

1995 Bristol UK G

African Initiatives for Relief and Development

AIRD 2006 Kampala F

African Institute for Development Policy Research and Dialogue

AFIDEP Nairobi Kenya G j

African Institute for Strategic Research Governance and Development

AISRGD 2007 Kampala Uganda G j

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 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 J

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 F

African Network of Social Entrepreneurship Scholars

ANSES 2017 Hatfield J

African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development

ANYL4PSD Yaoundé 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 D

African Population and Health Research Center

APHRC 1995 Nairobi E

African Primatological Society

APS 2016 J

African Promise Foundation

Maple Valley WA USA G f

African Publishers Network

APNET 1992 Accra Ghana F

African Refugees Foundation

AREF 1993 Lagos Nigeria F f

African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education - English

ARCSSTE-E 1998 Ile Ife Nigeria E g

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

AFRA T g

African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science

ARPPIS 1978 Nairobi Kenya K

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