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 Academy of Languages

ACALAN 2000 Bamako Mali D

African Academy of Sciences

AAS 1985 Nairobi Kenya F v

African Action on AIDS

AAA 1990 New York NY USA G

African Agricultural Economics Education Network

AAEEN Nairobi Kenya F

African Alliance for Women Empowerment

AFRAWE Cairo Egypt N

African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education

1968 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso D gy

African Association for the Study of Religions

AASR 1992 Leiden Netherlands D

African Association of Physics Students

AAPS 2005 Accra Ghana E

African Book Bank International

ABBI Lagos Nigeria N

African Books Collective

ABC 1989 Oxford UK F y

African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism

ACSRT 2004 Algiers Algeria E g

African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development

ACAHD 2002 Lagos Nigeria G

African Centre for Applied Research and Training in Social Development


African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education

ACARE 2017 Ann Arbor MI USA D

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies

ACDHRS 1989 Serekunda Gambia E

African Centre for Empowerment and Gender Advocacy

Nairobi Kenya G

African Centre for Peace Education and Training

ACPET 2000 Lagos Nigeria G

African Centre for Technology Studies

ACTS 1982 Nairobi Kenya E

African Child Education Right Initiative

ACERI Lagos Nigeria G

African Climate Change Research Centre

ACCREC 2009 Dutse Nigeria G

African Coffee Research Network

ACRN 1993 Mukono Uganda F

African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

ACERWC 2001 Addis Ababa Ethiopia E g

African Computer and Technology Literacy Awareness Program Charity

ACTLAP Charity 1995 Mississauga ON Canada G

African Confederation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

CACU 1999 Paris France E

African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance

ACOTA 1996 Washington DC USA G g

African Council for Communication Education

ACCE 1976 Nairobi Kenya D

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 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 Uganda F