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 Congress of Tatars

BTK Kazan Russia F

World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth


World Continuing Education Alliance

WCEA 2010 Welwyn Garden City UK G

World Council for Curriculum and Instruction

WCCI 1970 San Diego CA USA B y

World Council for Psychotherapy

WCP 1995 Vienna Austria B

World Council for Regular and Distance Education

WCRDE 2012 Lucknow India E y

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y

World Council of Comparative Education Societies

WCCES 1970 Geneva Switzerland C y

World Council of Elders of the Ancient Traditions and Cultures


World Council of Independent Christian Churches

WCICC 1993 New York NY USA F

World Council of Jain Academies

WCJA 1999 London UK E

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Criminal Justice Library Network

WCJLN 1991 Newark NJ USA F y

World Cultural Association of Jews from Romania

1980 Tel Aviv Israel N

World Cultural Tourism Association

WCTA 2000 Gwangju Korea Rep D

World Culture Forum

WCF Delhi India G

World Culture Open

WCO 2003 Seoul Korea Rep J

World Culture Project

1988 Markham ON Canada G

World Economy Research Institute, Warsaw

WERI 1985 Warsaw Poland G j

World Educate Business Association

WEBA 2002 Locarno Switzerland N

World Education

WE 1951 Boston MA USA G

World Education Fellowship

WEF 1921 London UK F

World Education Forum


World Education Foundation

WE Foundation Long Beach CA USA J f

World Education Research Association

WERA 2009 Pretoria South Africa C

World Education Services

WES 1974 New York NY USA G

World Emergency Relief

WER 1985 San Dimas CA USA G

World Endometriosis Research Foundation

WERF 2006 London UK G f

World Environmental Education Congress Network

2003 Turin Italy F

World Ethnosport Society

2012 Riga Latvia C

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Federation for Medical Education

WFME 1972 Ferney-Voltaire France C y

World Federation of Academic Institutions for Global Health

WFAIGH Legon Ghana C y

World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education

WFATE 2010 Columbus OH USA C

World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy

WFATT 1997 Winnipeg MB Canada D

World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics

WFCP 2002 Ottawa ON Canada D y

World Federation of Democratic Youth

WFDY 1945 Budapest Hungary F

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of Friends of Museums

WFFM 1975 Brussels Belgium C

World Federation of Industrial Research Associations

W-FIRA 2013 Brussels Belgium C t

World Federation of Non-Destructive Evaluation Centers


World Federation of the Deaf

WFD 1951 Helsinki Finland B

World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

WFTGA 1985 C

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens Greece A ty

World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations

WFUWO 1948 Etobicoke ON Canada E

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

WFUCA 1981 Hanoi Vietnam E y

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Federation of Young Investors

WFYI 2015 Hellerup Denmark J

World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth

WFBY 1972 Bangkok Thailand D

World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth

Syndesmos 1953 Paris France C