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 Association of Cultural Psychiatry

WACP Rochester MN USA C

World Association of Early Childhood Educators

AMEI-WAECE 1991 Madrid Spain D

World Association of Former United Nations Internes and Fellows

WAFUNIF 1978 New York NY USA E

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

WAGGGS 1928 London UK B

World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO 1970 St Augustin Germany B ty

World Association of Law Professors

WALP 1975 E v

World Association of Lesson Studies

WALS Singapore Singapore D

World Association of Medical Editors

WAME 1995 C v

World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

WAN-IFRA 2009 Paris France B y

World Association of Research Professionals

ESOMAR 1948 Amsterdam Netherlands D tv

World Association of Special Education


World Association of Universities and Colleges

WAUC 1993 Henderson NV USA G

World Association of Young Scientists

WAYS Pretoria South Africa E

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Bicycle Relief

2005 Chicago IL USA G

World Blind Union

WBU 1984 Toronto ON Canada B y

World Body Cursillos in Christianity

1980 Peniche Portugal F

World Buddhist Sangha Council

WBSC 1966 Taipei Taiwan F

World Buddhist University

2000 Bangkok Thailand G

World Business Academy

1986 Santa Barbara CA USA F

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Cancer Research Fund International

WCRF 1990 London UK G f

World Catholic Association for Communication

SIGNIS 2001 Brussels Belgium B y

World Certification Institute

WCI 2000 C v

World Children's Relief and Volunteer Organization

WCR 2002 Prescott AZ USA N

World Cities World Class University Network

WC2 University Network 2010 London UK F

World Citizen Foundation

New York NY USA G f

World Climate Research Programme

WCRP 1979 F

World College of Aesthetic and Antiageing Medicine

WOCAAM 2006 Paris France G

World Committee for Lifelong Learning

WCLLL 2005 Paris France J

World Committee of Maritime Culture Institutes

WCMCI 2010 Busan Korea Rep D y

World Community Development Education Society

WCDES Courtenay BC Canada G

World Complexity Science Academy

WCSA 2009 Bologna Italy G

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F

World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions

WOCATI 1989 Parkville VIC Australia F y

World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy

1999 Rome Italy B

World Conference on Computers in Education

WCCE 1970 S c

World Conference on Transport Research Society

WCTRS 1986 Leeds UK F cv

World Conferences on Research Integrity Foundation

WCRIF 2017 Amsterdam Netherlands J cf

World Conferences on Research Integrity Foundation

WCRI 2017 Amsterdam Netherlands F cf

World Congress of Chiropractic Students

WCCS 1980 Toronto ON Canada C cy

World Congress of Free Ukrainians

WCFU 1967 Toronto ON Canada F

World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists


World Congress of Science and Factual Producers

WCSFP Toronto ON Canada F

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