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

American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa

ARAHA 2000 Columbia Heights MN USA G Humanitarian Organizations

American Schools of Oriental Research

ASOR 1900 Boston MA USA G

American Society for Engineering Education

ASEE 1893 Washington DC USA F Professional Bodies

American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad

AYUDA 1996 Arlington VA USA G

Americans for UNESCO

AU 1985 Washington DC USA G UNESCO Bodies

Americas Research Industry Alliance


Americas Society

AS 1966 New York NY USA G

Amis d'une école de la paix, Grenoble

AEPG 1989 Grenoble France N


1994 Pittsburgh PA USA G

Amnesty International

AI 1961 London UK B Human Rights Organizations

Amref Health Africa

1957 Nairobi Kenya F f Foundations

Amsterdam School of International Relations

ASIR 1987 Amsterdam Netherlands G

Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems


Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team

AMURT 1955 Rockville MD USA F Humanitarian Organizations

Ananda Marga Yoga Society

1955 Kolkata India R Religious Orders

Anciens Association of the NATO Defense College

1955 Rome Italy E NATO Bodies, Alumni and Veterans

Ancient Mediterranean Research Association

AMRA 1972 Los Angeles CA USA N

Andean-Patagonian Forestry Research and Advisory Centre

1988 Esquel Argentina G

Andes University

1785 Bogota Colombia G

Andrés Bello convention for the educational, scientific and cultural integration of Latin America and Spain

Andrés Bello Convention 1970 Bogota Colombia F g Treaties, IGOs

Andrew W Mellon Foundation

1969 New York NY USA G f Foundations

Andrew Young Center For International Affairs

1993 Atlanta GA USA G

Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars

AABS 1991 Tewksbury MA USA G

Anglo-European College of Chiropractic

AECC 1965 Bournemouth UK G v Professional Bodies

Animal Liberation Front

ALF 1976 Los Angeles CA USA F

Animal Venom Research International

AVRI Moreno Valley CA USA N

Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures

Anna Lindh Foundation 2004 Alexandria Egypt E gf Foundations, IGOs

Anne Frank Fonds

AFF 1963 Basel Switzerland G f Funds, Funds

Ansar Burney Welfare Trust International

ABWTI 1980 London UK N Human Rights Organizations

Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

ACE CRC 1991 Hobart Australia G

Antarctic Research Centre, Wellington

ARC 1970 Wellington New Zealand N Institutes

Anti-Corruption Student Network in South East Europe


Antigonish Movement

Antigonish NS Canada G

Antiquarian Booksellers Association International

ABA 1906 London UK N v

Anuvrat Global Organization

ANUVIBHA 1982 Jaipur India G v

Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network

DEVNET 1996 Wellington New Zealand G

Apiculture, Formation, Coopération

AFOCO La Louvière Belgium N

Apóstoles del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

1894 Rome Italy R Religious Orders

Aprovecho Research Center

1978 Cottage Grove OR USA N Institutes

ARA International

1982 Niederanven Luxembourg F

Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport

AASTMT 1972 Alexandria Egypt F g IGOs

Arab Academy of Banking and Financial Sciences

AABFS 1988 Amman Jordan G Institutes

Arab Academy of Music

AAM 1971 Amman Jordan E g IGOs

Arab African Institute for Culture and Strategic Studies

J pj Institutes

Arab African Youth Council

AAYC 2004 Khartoum Sudan E

Arab and African Research Centre

AARC 1987 Giza Egypt G

Arab Archives Institute

1999 Amman Jordan G j Institutes

Arab Association for Human Rights

HRA 1988 Nazareth Israel G Human Rights Organizations

Arab Association of Veterinary Medical Faculties

AAVMF Assiut Egypt D

Arab Bank Centre for Scientific Research

ABCSR 1999 Amman Jordan K