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

Utrecht Network

1987 Bologna Italy F

UWC Atlantic College

1962 Llantwit Major UK G

UWC Red Cross Nordic

RCNUWC 1995 Flekke Norway G

UWI Medical Alumni Association

UWIMAA Kingston Jamaica E

Value Health Africa

VAHA Bamenda Cameroon G

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Wageningen Netherlands G

Varkey Foundation

London UK N f

VAS-European Independent Foundation in Angiology/Vascular Medicine

VAS Milan Italy D

Veille européenne et citoyenne sur les autoroutes de l'information et le multimédia

VECAM 1995 Paris France G


1993 Liebefeld Switzerland G

Verein für Sprach- und Kulturaustausch in Mittel-, Ost- und Südosteuropa

MitOst 1996 Berlin Germany G

Verification Research, Training and Information Centre

VERTIC 1986 London UK G

Veritas College International

VCI 1992 Harpenden UK G


2005 Washington DC USA F

Veterinary Education Worldwide

ViEW 2004 Bristol UK D

Veterinary European Transnational Network for Nursing Education and Training


VIA Don Bosco

1969 Brussels Belgium E

Victoria International Development Education Association

VIDEA 1978 Victoria BC Canada G

Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism

SICSA 1982 Jerusalem Israel G

Vienna Convention on Succession of States in Respect of State Property, Archives and Debts

1983 T g

Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation

VIDC 1987 Vienna Austria G jv

Vienna International Academy for Integrated Medicine

Vienna Austria N

Vienna Wiestenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies

VWI Vienna Austria G j

Vietnamese and South-East Asian Research Center

1990 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam N

Vigdis International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding

Reykjavik Iceland G

Viking Society for Northern Research

VSNR 1892 London UK N

Virgil Society

1943 Sanderstead UK E

Virtual Educa

2000 Washington DC USA F

Virtual Physiological Human Institute for Integrative Biomedical Research

VPH Institute 2010 Leuven Belgium D jy

Virtual University of the Adriatic-Ionic Basin

UniAdrion Ancona Italy F

Visible Evidence

1993 S c

Vision GRAM-International

1996 Ottawa ON Canada G

Vision International Development and Educational Organization

Johannesburg South Africa G

VisionFund International

London UK E f

Vital Voices Global Partnership

VVGP 2001 Washington DC USA G

Vitiligo Research Foundation

VR Foundation 2010 New York NY USA F f

Vocal Europe

2013 Brussels Belgium F j

Voice and Speech Trainers Association

VASTA 1986 Kingston WA USA G v

Volk in Nood

VIN Tervuren Belgium N

Volkswagen Foundation

1961 Hannover Germany G f

Volontariat et coopération internationale - Volontaires de l'enseignement

Volens 1965 Brussels Belgium G

Volontariato Internazionale Donna Educazione Sviluppo

VIDES 1987 Rome Italy F

Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo

VIS 1986 Rome Italy G

Volunteer International Christian Service

VICS 1971 Edmonton AB Canada G

Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

VKI 1956 St-Genesius-Rode Belgium E jv

Waging Peace

2004 London UK G

Walk Free Foundation

WFF Nedlands WA Australia G f

Walter H Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

Shorenstein APARC Stanford CA USA G

War Child

1993 Amsterdam Netherlands F

War Crimes Research Office

WCRO 1995 Washington DC USA N