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

World Academy of Medical Sciences

WAMS 1991 J

World Academy of Nursing Science

WANS 2009 Tokyo Japan C

World Academy of Productivity Science

WAPS 1969 Montréal QC Canada G

World Academy of Research in Science and Engineering


World Academy of Science

1995 N

World Academy of Ultrasonic Piezoelectric Bone Surgery

WAUPS 2012 Daegu Korea Rep N

World Agricultural Information Centre

WAICENT 1992 Rome RM Italy K g

World Alliance for Arts Education

WAAE 2006 E y

World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education

WAPTE Ellendale ND USA B

World Alliance for Youth Empowerment

WAYE Bangalore Karnataka India J

World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations

YMCA 1855 Geneva GE Switzerland B

World Anaesthesia Society

WAS 1988 London UK N

World Animal Protection

1981 London UK B

World Assemblies of God Relief and Development Agency

WAGRA Springfield MO USA K

World Assembly of Muslim Youth

WAMY 1972 London UK F

World Assembly of Youth

WAY 1949 Melaka Melaka Malaysia B y

World Association for Case Method Research and Application

WACRA 1984 Needham MA USA C

World Association for Cooperative Education

WACE 1983 Lowell MA USA F

World Association for Hallyu Studies

WAHS 2013 Seoul Korea Rep G

World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training

WAHTT 1969 Trelissac France C y

World Association for Online Education

WAOE 1998 Osaka Osaka Japan D

World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy

WAPP 1991 Wiesbaden Germany E

World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation

WAPR 1986 Bangalore Karnataka India B

World Association for Public Opinion Research

WAPOR 1947 Lincoln NE USA C v

World Association for Scientific Research and Technical Innovation

WASRTI 2013 Jaipur Rajasthan India D v

World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research

WASER Beijing Beijing China D

World Association for Sexual Health

WAS 1978 Minneapolis MN USA B y

World Association for the Protection of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage

WATCH Rome RM Italy E

World Association for the School as an Instrument of Peace

1967 Geneva GE Switzerland C

World Association for Transport Animal Welfare and Studies

TAWS 1989 Chertsey UK G y

World Association for Triple Helix and Future Strategy Studies

WATEF 2013 Daegu Korea Rep G

World Association for Vedic Studies

WAVES 1996 Carrollton TX USA D

World Association of Alumnae of the Sacred Heart

1960 Glendale AZ USA E

World Association of Chinese Character Studies

WACCS Shanghai Shanghai China J

World Association of Cultural Psychiatry

WACP Rochester MN USA C

World Association of Early Childhood Educators

AMEI-WAECE 1991 Madrid Madrid Spain D

World Association of Former United Nations Internes and Fellows

WAFUNIF 1978 New York NY USA E

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

WAGGGS 1928 London UK B

World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO 1970 St Augustin Germany B y

World Association of Law Professors

WALP 1975 E v

World Association of Lesson Studies

WALS Singapore Singapore D

World Association of Medical Editors

WAME 1995 C v

World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

WAN-IFRA 2009 Paris France B y

World Association of Research Professionals

ESOMAR 1948 Amsterdam Netherlands D v

World Association of Special Education


World Association of Universities and Colleges

WAUC 1993 Henderson NV USA G

World Association of Young Scientists

WAYS Pretoria South Africa E

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Bicycle Relief

2005 Chicago IL USA G

World Blind Union

WBU 1984 Toronto ON Canada B y