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 Hunger Education Service

WHES 1976 Washington DC USA G

World in Need

WIN International Associates 1991 Crowborough UK G

World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium

WINHEC 2002 Honolulu HI USA D

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education


World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network

WITBN 2008 F

World Institute for Advanced Research and Science


World Institute for Engineering and Technology Education

WIETE Melbourne VIC Australia C j

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research

WINIR 2013 Exeter UK F

World Jewish Relief

WJR 1933 London UK F f

World Journalism Education Council

WJEC 2007 Auckland New Zealand C y

World Kashmir Freedom Movement

WKFM 1990 F

World Leading Schools Association

WLSA Amstelveen Netherlands F

World League for Freedom and Democracy

WLFD 1966 Taipei Taiwan F y

World Learning

1932 Brattleboro VT USA G

World Lebanese Cultural Union

WLCU 1959 E

World Libertarian Order

WLO 1983 N v

World Literacy Council

WLC Melbourne VIC Australia G

World Literacy Foundation

2003 F f

World Literacy Initiative

2000 Atlanta GA USA G

World Literacy of Canada

WLC 1955 Toronto ON Canada G

World Maritime University

WMU 1983 Malmö Sweden E y

World Martial Arts Union

WoMAU 2002 Chungju North Chungcheong Korea Rep C

World Materials Research Institutes Forum

WMRIF 2005 Tsukuba Ibaraki Japan F

World Media Association

WMA 1978 Washington DC USA F v

World Media Institute

WMI Prescott ON Canada N j

World Medical Association

WMA 1947 Ferney-Voltaire France B

World Medical Relief

WMR 1953 Southfield MI USA N

World Memory Sports Council

WMSC 1991 Croydon UK J

World Meteorological Organization

WMO 1947 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

World Methodist Museum

Lake Junaluska NC USA G

World Minigolfsport Federation

WMF 1980 Bamberg Germany C

World Muslim Congress

WMC 1926 Karachi Pakistan B

World Nuclear University

WNU 2003 London UK F

World Organization for Early Childhood Education

1948 Seoul Korea Rep C y

World Organization for Education, Science and Development

1990 Tripoli Libyan AJ G

World Organization for Research and Development into the Therapeutic Use of Motion Pictures

1988 London UK G

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B

World ORT

WO 1880 London UK C

World Pathology Foundation

WPF 1972 F f

World PCO Alliance

Tokyo Japan D

World Peace Academy

Basel BS Switzerland G

World Pen Pals

WPP 1950 Saugerties NY USA N

World Pharmacists

1997 Athens Greece G v

World Philanthropists Organization

Hampton UK N

World Radiography Education Trust Fund

WRETF 1969 Abingdon UK K f

World Recreational Scuba Training Council

WRSTC 1987 Stuart FL USA E

World Reference Laboratory for Foot and Mouth Diseases

WRLFMD 1958 Pirbright UK G

World Relief

1944 Baltimore MD USA G

World Relief Refugee Services

WRRS Baltimore MD USA G

World Renew

1962 Burlington ON Canada G