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

Alliance Internationale - Association des anciens et amis de la Cité internationale universitaire de Paris

1948 Paris France E v

Alliance internationale de journalistes

AJI 2004 Paris France G

Alliance internationale des éditeurs indépendants

2002 Paris France G

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

ADHO 2006 C y

Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations

ALLIANCE 1982 Istanbul Türkiye F y

Alliance of Global Neonatal Nursing


Alliance of Global Talent Organizations

AGTO 2020 J

Alliance of International Market Research Institutes

AIMRI 1991 London UK D

Alliance of Laboratories in Europe for Education, Research and Technology

ALERT Geomaterials 1989 Grenoble France D

Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers


Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation

ANCSSC 2018 London UK J

Alliance of Russian Solidarists

1930 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Alliance of Universities for Democracy

AUDEM 1990 Albany NY USA F

Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates International

AYNLA 2009 Manila Philippines G

Alliance Publishing Trust

APT 2006 London UK G

Alliance Sud, Swiss Alliance of Development Organisations Swissaid - Catholic Lenten Fund - Bread for All - Helvetas - Caritas - Interchurch Aid

1971 Bern Switzerland G f

Alliances for Africa

AfA 1996 Lagos Nigeria G

Alliant International University

AIU 2001 San Francisco CA USA G

Allianz Kulturstiftung

2000 Berlin Germany G f

Aloha International

1973 Volcano HI USA N

Alpha Charitable Foundation

1992 North York ON Canada N f

Alpha Delta Kappa

1947 Kansas City MO USA G

Alpha Phi International Fraternity

1872 Evanston IL USA N

ALTER - European Society for Disability Research

ALTER ESDR Paris France D

Alternativas Latinoamericanas de Desarrollo Humano y Estudios Antropológicos

ALDHEA 2005 Quito Ecuador J


Brussels Belgium F y

Altiero Spinelli Institute for Federalist Studies

1987 Verona Italy G j

Alumni Association of the Inter-American School of Librarianship

1982 Medellin Colombia E

Alumni Europae

AE 2011 Brussels Belgium E

AMAR International Charitable Foundation

AICF 1995 London UK G f

Amateur Yacht Research Society

AYRS 1955 London UK N

Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research

ACEER 1991 West Chester PA USA G

Ambedkar Center for Justice and Peace

ACJP 1991 Nagpur India E

America-Israel Cultural Foundation

AICF New York NY USA N f

America-Mideast Educational and Training Services

AMIDEAST 1951 Washington DC USA G

American Academy of Environmental Medicine

AAEM 1965 Wichita KS USA N v

American Academy of Political and Social Science

1889 Philadelphia PA USA N

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

AASLD 1950 Alexandria VA USA G

American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages

AATSEEL 1940 Los Angeles CA USA N

American Center of Oriental Research, Amman

ACOR 1968 Amman Jordan G

American College of Chest Physicians

CHEST 1935 Glenview IL USA F

American College of International Physicians

ACIP 1975 Alexandria VA USA G

American Councils for International Education

ACTR-ACCELS 1974 Washington DC USA G

American Educational Trust

1982 Washington DC USA N

American Forum for Global Education

1970 New York NY USA G

American Friends Service Committee

AFSC 1917 Philadelphia PA USA G

American Intercultural Student Exchange

AISE 1980 Lake Village AR USA N

American International College, Springfield

AIC 1885 Springfield MA USA N

American International Consortium of Academic Libraries

AMICAL 2004 Paris France E

American International Schools in the Americas

AMISA 1961 Pembroke Pines FL USA G