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 Type III

World Heritage Information Network

WHIN Paris France K

World Heritage Institute of Training and Research - Asia and Pacific

WHITRAP 2004 Shanghai China G gj IGOs, UNESCO Bodies, Institutes

World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization

WCCO 2009 Yangzhou China C y International Federations

World Horse Welfare

1927 Snetterton UK G

World Hunger Education Service

WHES 1976 Washington DC USA G

World in Need

WIN International Associates 1991 Crowborough UK G Humanitarian Organizations

World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium

WINHEC 2002 Honolulu HI USA D

World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education

WIPCE S c Conference Series

World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network

WITBN 2008 F

World Institute for Advanced Research and Science

WIARS N j Institutes

World Institute for Engineering and Technology Education

WIETE Melbourne Australia C j Institutes

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research

WINIR 2013 Exeter UK F

World Jewish Relief

WJR 1933 London UK F f Humanitarian Organizations, Funds

World Journalism Education Council

WJEC 2007 Auckland New Zealand C y International Federations

World Kashmir Freedom Movement

WKFM 1990 F Human Rights Organizations

World Leading Schools Association

WLSA Amstelveen Netherlands F

World League for Freedom and Democracy

WLFD 1966 Taipei Taiwan F y Human Rights Organizations, International Federations

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 Australia G

World Literacy Foundation

2003 F f Foundations

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 International Federations

World Materials Research Institutes Forum

WMRIF 2005 Tsukuba Japan F

World Media Association

WMA 1978 Washington DC USA F v

World Media Institute

WMI Prescott ON Canada N j Institutes

World Medical Association

WMA 1947 Ferney-Voltaire France B Humanitarian Organizations

World Medical Relief

WMR 1953 Southfield MI USA N

World Memory Sports Council

WMSC 1991 Croydon UK J

World Meteorological Organization

WMO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B g IGOs, United Nations Bodies

World Methodist Museum

Lake Junaluska NC USA G

World Muslim Congress

WMC 1926 Karachi Pakistan B Humanitarian Organizations

World Nuclear University

WNU 2003 London UK F

World Organization for Early Childhood Education

1948 Seoul Korea Rep C y International Federations

World Organization for Education, Science and Development

1990 Tripoli Libyan AJ G

World Organization for Prenatal Education

1991 Athens Greece D

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

1988 London UK G

World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus

1979 Paris France D v

World Organization of Former Students of Catholic Education

1967 Rome Italy A y International Federations, Alumni and Veterans

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B Humanitarian Organizations

World Organization of Young Esperantists

1938 Rotterdam Netherlands C

World ORT

WO 1880 London UK C Humanitarian Organizations

World Peace Academy

Basel Switzerland G

World Peace Service

1959 Berlin Germany G Human Rights Organizations

World Pen Pals

WPP 1950 Saugerties NY USA N

World Pharmacists

1997 Athens Greece G v Humanitarian Organizations

World Philanthropists Organization

Hampton UK N

World Press Freedom Committee

WPFC 1976 New York NY USA E y International Federations

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