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 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 Malaysia B

World ORT

WO 1880 London UK C

World Packaging Organisation

WPO 1968 Vienna Austria C y

World Pathology Foundation

WPF 1972 Falls Church VA USA F f

World PCO Alliance

Tokyo Japan D

World Peace Academy

Basel 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

World Sand Sculpting Academy

WSSA 1990 The Hague Netherlands C y

World Schools Debating Championships

WSDC 1988 Ascot UK E

World Scout Bureau

WSB 1920 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia K

World Silambam Association

WSA 1999 Petaling Jaya Malaysia G

World Society for Taiji

WST Brussels Belgium N

World Society for Transport and Land Use Research

WSTLUR Montréal QC Canada C

World Society of Victimology

WSV 1979 Holden Hill SA Australia C

World Sport Publishers' Association

WSPA 1991 Aachen Germany D

World Student Christian Federation

WSCF 1895 Geneva Switzerland B

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 Gland Switzerland F f

World Wings International

WWI 1959 New York NY USA G

World Young Women's Christian Association

World YWCA 1855 Le Grand-Saconnex Switzerland B

World Youth Academy

WYA 2016 Vienna Austria F

World Youth Alliance

WYA 1999 New York NY USA F