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

American International Schools in the Americas

AMISA 1961 Pembroke Pines FL USA G

American Library Association

ALA 1876 Chicago IL USA G

American Literature Association

ALA 1989 Princeton NJ USA E y

American Near East Refugee Aid

ANERA 1968 Washington DC USA G

American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa

ARAHA 2000 Columbia Heights MN USA G

American Society for Engineering Education

ASEE 1893 Washington DC USA F

American Society of Overseas Research

ASOR 1900 Alexandria VA USA G

American Thoracic Society

ATS 1905 New York NY USA G

American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad

AYUDA 1996 Los Altos CA USA G

Americans for Democratic Action

ADA 1947 Washington DC USA G

Americans for UNESCO

AU 1985 Washington DC USA G

Americas Research Industry Alliance


Americas Society

AS 1966 New York NY USA G


1977 Brussels Belgium D

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

Amnesty International - European Institutions Office

1992 Brussels Belgium E




2007 Seattle WA USA G

Amref Health Africa

1957 Nairobi Kenya F f

Amsterdam School of International Relations

ASIR 1987 Amsterdam Netherlands G

Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems

AnaEE-ERIC 2022 Gif-sur-Yvette France E

Ananda Marga Gurukula

AMGK Network 1990 Anandanagar India F

Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team

AMURT 1955 Rockville MD USA F

Ananda Marga Yoga Society

1955 Kolkata India R

Anciens Association of the NATO Defense College

1955 Rome Italy E

Ancient Mediterranean Research Association

AMRA 1972 Los Angeles CA USA N

Andean Community

1996 Lima Peru F g

Andean-Patagonian Forestry Research and Advisory Centre

1988 Esquel Argentina G

Andes University

1785 Bogota Colombia G

Andheri-Hilfe, Bonn

1967 Bonn Germany G

Andrew W Mellon Foundation

1969 New York NY USA G f

Andrew Young Center For International Affairs

1993 Atlanta GA USA G

Anglican Alliance

London UK E

Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars

AABS 1991 Tewksbury MA USA G

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Auckland New Zealand E

Animal Liberation Front

ALF 1976 Los Angeles CA USA F

Animal Venom Research International

AVRI Pasadena CA USA N


Cologne Germany F

Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures

Anna Lindh Foundation 2004 Alexandria Egypt E fg

Anne Frank Fonds

AFF 1963 Basel Switzerland G f

Antarctic Research Centre, Wellington

ARC 1970 Wellington New Zealand N

Anti-Corruption Student Network in South East Europe


Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Productontwikkeling

APOPO 1998 Antwerp Belgium G

Anti-Slavery International

1839 London UK C v

Antigonish Movement

Antigonish NS Canada G

Antiquarian Booksellers Association International

ABA 1906 London UK N v

Antropólogos Iberoamericanos en Red

AIBR 2002 Madrid Spain J

Anuvrat Global Organization

1982 Jaipur India G v