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

Vigdis International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding

Reykjavik Iceland G

Viking Society for Northern Research

VSNR 1892 London UK N

Virgil Society

1943 Sanderstead UK E

Virtual Educa

2000 Alcala de Henares Spain F

Virtual Physiological Human Institute for Integrative Biomedical Research

VPH Institute 2010 Leuven Belgium D jy

Virtual University of the Adriatic-Ionic Basin

UniAdrion Ancona Italy F

Visible Evidence

S c

Vision GRAM-International

1996 Ottawa ON Canada G

Vision International Development and Educational Organization

Johannesburg South Africa G

VisionFund International

London UK E f

Vital Voices Global Partnership

VVGP 2001 Washington DC USA G

Vitiligo Research Foundation

VR Foundation 2010 New York NY USA F f

Volk in Nood

VIN Tervuren Belgium N

Volkswagen Foundation

1961 Hannover Germany G f

Volontariat et coopération internationale - Volontaires de l'enseignement

Volens 1965 Brussels Belgium G

Volontariato Internazionale Donna Educazione Sviluppo

VIDES 1987 Rome Italy F

Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo

VIS 1986 Rome Italy G

Volunteer International Christian Service

VICS 1971 Edmonton AB Canada G

Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

VKI 1956 St-Genesius-Rode Belgium E jv

Waging Peace

2004 London UK G

Walk Free Foundation

WFF Nedlands WA Australia G f

Walter H Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

Shorenstein APARC Stanford CA USA G

War Child International

1993 Amsterdam Netherlands F

War Crimes Research Office

WCRO 1995 Washington DC USA N

Warwick HRI

Wellesbourne UK G

WASH United

2010 Berlin Germany G

Waste Free Waters

2011 Klimmen Netherlands G

Water Research Fund of Southern Africa

WARFSA 1999 Harare Zimbabwe F f


2003 Brussels Belgium F y

Waterford KaMhlaba United World College of Southern Africa

1963 Mbabane Eswatini G v


2003 Oakville ON Canada N

WE Charity

1995 Toronto ON Canada F

Weavers Committee

1989 Suva Fiji E y

Web Science Trust

WST Southampton UK F

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry UK F v

Weitz Center for Development Studies

1963 Rehovot Israel G


WFD 1959 Berlin Germany G

Weltnotwerk der KAB

Cologne Germany G

Weltverband Deutscher Auslandsschulen

WDA 2003 Berlin Germany N


1969 Brussels Belgium G

WESSA Share-Net

1989 Howick South Africa E

West Africa Centre for Peace Foundation

WACPF 2008 Accra Ghana G f

West Africa Research Centre, Dakar

WARC 1992 Dakar Senegal G

West African Centre for Rural and Agricultural Credit Training

WACRACT Nairobi Kenya S c

West African College of Nursing

WACN 1980 Lagos Nigeria F v

West African College of Physicians

WACP 1976 Lagos Nigeria D

West African College of Surgeons

WACS 1960 Lagos Nigeria F v

West African Examinations Council

WAEC 1952 Accra Ghana D g

West African Museums Programme

WAMP 1982 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F v

West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists

WAPCP Lagos Nigeria G