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

Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes

1953 Helsinki Finland G f

Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation

WISE 2006 Hull UK N j

Willis Research Network

WRN 2006 London UK F

Wilmington College Peace Resource Center

1975 Wilmington OH USA G

Wings of Hope

WoH 1962 St Louis MO USA G

Winrock International

1985 Little Rock AR USA G

WinWin Afrique

Paris France J

Wireless World Research Forum

WWRF Paris France F

WISE Initiative

Doha Qatar G


1992 Brooklyn NY USA G

WMO Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme

AREP Geneva GE Switzerland K g

WMO Climate Data Information Referral Service

INFOCLIMA Geneva GE Switzerland K g

WMO Education and Training Programme

Geneva GE Switzerland K g

Woman and Earth Global Eco-Network

1979 New York NY USA G v

Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network

WAGNET 2001 Oxford UK F

Women Deliver

2007 New York NY USA F

Women First International Fund

1969 F f

Women in Action Worldwide

WaW 2012 Geneva GE Switzerland G

Women in Dialogue

WinD 1975 London UK G

Women in Law and Development in Africa-Afrique de l'Ouest

WiLDAF-AO 1990 F

Women International Association for Communication - Mediterranean Media

1994 Rende CS Italy G

Women Mentor Association


Women of Europe Award

1987 Brussels Belgium E

Women Win

Amsterdam Netherlands F

Women's American ORT

1927 York NY USA G

Women's Education Worldwide

WEW 2003 South Hadley MA USA C

Women's Empowerment International

WE 2003 San Diego CA USA N

Women's Information Network of Europe

WINE Berlin Germany F

Women's Intercultural Network

WIN 1994 San Francisco CA USA G

Women's International Fund for Education

WIFE 2010 G f

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

WILPF 1915 Geneva GE Switzerland C

Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace

WLP 1999 Bethesda MD USA F

Women's UN Report Network


Women's University in Africa

WUA 2002 Harare Harare Zimbabwe G

Women's Voices Now

WVN 2010 Rolling Hills Estates CA USA G

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva GE Switzerland F f

Women's WorldWide Web

W4 2012 Paris France F

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

WWICS 1968 Washington DC USA G

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

1930 Princeton NJ USA G

Work and Economy Research Network in the European Churches


Working Group of European Mint Directors for the Technical Study of the European Single Coinage System

MDWG 1994 Paris France E

Working Group on Tourism and Development

1977 Basel BS Switzerland G


1997 Lewes UK N

World Academic Society of Medical Qigong

WASMQ 1989 Beijing Beijing China E v

World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

WAAAM 2001 Chicago IL USA G

World Academy of Art and Science

WAAS 1960 Puducherry Pondicherry India B v

World Academy of Arts and Culture

WAAC 1969 San Jose CA USA F

World Academy of Biomedical Technologies

WABT 1997 Paris France G

World Academy of Ceramics

WAC 1987 Faenza RA Italy E v

World Academy of Cosmetic Surgery