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 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 G f

World Catholic Association for Communication

SIGNIS 2001 Brussels 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 Geneva F

World Coalition for Trauma Care

WCTC 2012 C y

World College of Aesthetic and Antiageing Medicine

WOCAAM 2006 Paris France G

World Commerce and Contracting

WorldCC 1999 Ridgefield CT C

World Committee for Lifelong Learning

WCLLL 2005 Paris 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 B

World Conference on Computers in Education

WCCE 1970 S c

World Conference on Transport Research Society

WCTRS 1986 Leeds F cv

World Conferences on Research Integrity Foundation

WCRI 2017 Amsterdam F cf

World Congress of Chiropractic Students

WCCS 1980 Toronto ON 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 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 B

World Council for Regular and Distance Education

WCRDE 2012 Lucknow India E y

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y

World Council of Comparative Education Societies

WCCES 1970 Geneva Switzerland C y

World Council of Elders of the Ancient Traditions and Cultures


World Council of Independent Christian Churches

WCICC 1993 New York NY USA F

World Council of Jain Academies

WCJA 1999 London UK E

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Criminal Justice Library Network

WCJLN 1991 Newark NJ USA F y

World Cultural Association of Jews from Romania

1980 Tel Aviv Israel N

World Cultural Tourism Association

WCTA 2000 Gwangju Korea Rep D

World Culture Forum

WCF Delhi India G

World Culture Open

WCO 2003 Seoul Korea Rep J

World Culture Project

1988 Markham ON Canada G

World Economy Research Institute, Warsaw

WERI 1985 Warsaw Poland G j

World Educate Business Association

WEBA 2002 Locarno Switzerland N

World Education

WE 1951 Boston MA USA G

World Education Fellowship

WEF 1921 London F

World Education Forum


World Education Foundation

WE Foundation Long Beach CA J f