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 Student Community for Sustainable Development

WSC-SD 2002 Cambridge MA USA F

World Student Games Federation


World Sugar Research Organization

WSRO 1978 Cambridge UK C

World Summit on Media for Children Foundation

WSMCF 1999 Fitzroy VIC Australia F f

World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities

WSSD-U 2012 S c

World Teacher Trust

WTT 1971 Brunnen Switzerland F

World Technopolis Association

WTA 1997 Daejeon Korea Rep C

World Tourism Education and Research Centre

WTERC 1989 Calgary AB Canada G

World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae

WUJA 1956 Luxembourg Luxembourg E

World Union of Jewish Students

WUJS 1924 Jerusalem Israel C y

World Union of Jewish Studies

1947 Jerusalem Israel C

World Universities Debating Council

WUDC 1981 E

World Universities Forum

2008 Champaign IL USA N

World University Federation

1996 Bridgeport CT USA K

World University Service

WUS 1920 Wiesbaden Germany B

World Values Survey Association

WVSA 1981 Vienna Austria C

World Welfare Association

WWA 1991 Mananwala Pakistan G

World Wide Alliance for Christian Education

WWACE 1994 Charleston SC USA K

World Wide Education


World Wide Education Project

WWEP 2015 G

World Wide Fund for Nature

WWF 1961 F f

World Wings International

WWI 1959 New York NY USA G

World Young Women's Christian Association

World YWCA 1855 Le Grand-Saconnex GE Switzerland B

World Youth Academy

WYA Vienna Austria F

World Youth Alliance

WYA 1999 New York NY USA F

World Youth Alliance - Africa

WYA-A 1999 Nairobi Kenya E

World Youth Alliance - Asia Pacific

WYA-AP Quezon City Philippines E

World Youth Alliance - Europe

1999 Brussels Belgium E

World Youth Alliance - Middle East

WYA Middle East Beirut Beirut Lebanon K

World Youth Alliance - North America


World Youth Alliance Latin America

WYA-LA Mexico City CDMX Mexico E

World Youth Assembly

S c

World Youth Choir

WYC 1989 Amsterdam Netherlands F

World Youth Council Against Terrorism

WYCAT 2003 Hyderabad Telangana India C

World Youth Empowerment Foundation

WYEF Adelaide SA Australia N f

World Youth Foundation

WYF 1994 Melaka Melaka Malaysia G f

World Youth Movement for Democracy

WYMD 2004 Sao Paulo SP Brazil F

World Youth Parliament for Water

WYPW 1998 Montréal QC Canada E

World Youth Service and Enterprise

WYSE 1988 London UK G

World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation

WYSE Travel Confederation 2006 Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World-Ecology Research Network



Valencia Valencia Spain C y


London UK E y

Worlddidac Association

1952 Bern BE Switzerland C y


2010 San Francisco CA USA F

WorldSkills International

WSI 1950 Amsterdam Netherlands B

Worldwide Cancer Research

1979 St Andrews UK N

Worldwide CDIO Initiative

Gothenburg Sweden F y

Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support

WINGS 1998 Sao Paulo SP Brazil F y

Worldwide Network of the Experiment in International Living

Federation EIL 1932 Washington DC USA F y