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

West African Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives

WARBICA 1977 Conakry Guinea K

West African Research and Innovation Management Association

WARIMA 2007 Ibadan Nigeria D

West African Research Association

WARA 1989 Boston MA USA G v

West African Union Development Council

WAUDC 2014 Accra Ghana J

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West and Central Africa Human Rights Training Institute

WACAHRI 2004 E j

West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development

WECARD 1987 Dakar Senegal F

West and Central African Research and Education Network

WACREN 2010 Accra Ghana F

West Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies

WIACLALS 1977 Kingston Jamaica E

West Indies School of Theology

WIST 1946 Curepe Trinidad-Tobago G

West Indies Sugarcane Breeding and Evaluation Network

WISBEN St George Barbados K

West Network

F v

West Nordic Council

1985 Reykjavik Iceland F g

West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies

FACDIS Morgantown WV USA G

Western Pacific Association for Medical Education

WPAME 1988 Singapore Singapore D

Wheat Initiative

2001 Berlin Germany E

WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities

GNAFCC 2010 Geneva Switzerland F y

WHO South-East Asia Region Health Literature, Library and Information Services Network

HELLIS 1980 Delhi India F g

Widows Rights International

WRI 1996 G

Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche

WIIW 1973 Vienna Austria G j

Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes

1953 Helsinki Finland G f

Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation

WISE 2006 Hull UK N j

Willis Research Network

WRN 2006 London UK F

Wilmington College Peace Resource Center

1975 Wilmington OH USA G

Wings of Hope

WoH 1962 St Louis MO USA G

Winrock International

1985 Little Rock AR USA G

WinWin Afrique

Paris France J

Wireless World Research Forum

WWRF Paris France F

WISE Initiative

Doha Qatar G


1992 Brooklyn NY USA G

WMO Climate Data Information Referral Service

INFOCLIMA Geneva Switzerland K g

Woman and Earth Global Eco-Network

1979 New York NY USA G v

Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network

WAGNET 2001 Oxford UK F

Women Deliver

2007 New York NY USA F

Women First International Fund

1969 New York NY USA F f

Women in Action Worldwide

WaW 2012 Geneva Switzerland G

Women in Dialogue

WinD 1975 London UK G

Women in Law and Development in Africa-Afrique de l'Ouest

WiLDAF-AO 1990 F

Women International Association for Communication - Mediterranean Media

1994 Rende Italy G

Women Mentor Association


Women of Europe Award

1987 Brussels Belgium E

Women Photographers International Archive

WOPHA 2013 Miami FL USA N

Women Win

2007 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom and Equality

WWAFE 2004 London UK J

Women's Education Worldwide

WEW 2003 South Hadley MA USA C

Women's Empowerment International

WE 2003 San Diego CA USA N

Women's Information Network of Europe

WINE Berlin Germany F

Women's Intercultural Network

WIN 1994 San Francisco CA USA G

Women's International Fund for Education

WIFE 2010 G f

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

WILPF 1915 Geneva Switzerland C