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

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

Warwick HRI

Wellesbourne UK G

WASH United

2010 Berlin Germany G

Waste Free Waters

2011 Klimmen Netherlands G

Water Research Fund of Southern Africa

WARFSA 1999 Harare Zimbabwe F f

Water Security Management, Assessment, Research & Technology

W-SMART Paris France J


2003 Brussels Belgium F y

Waterford KaMhlaba United World College of Southern Africa

1963 Mbabane Eswatini G v


2003 Oakville ON Canada N

WE Charity

1995 Toronto ON Canada F

Weavers Committee

1989 Suva Fiji E y

Web alliance for Regreening in Africa

W4RA 2009 Amsterdam Netherlands G

Web Science Trust

WST Southampton UK F

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry UK F v


1978 London UK D

Weitz Center for Development Studies

1963 Rehovot Israel G


WFD 1959 Berlin Germany G

Weltnotwerk der KAB

Cologne Germany G

Weltverband Deutscher Auslandsschulen

WDA 2003 Berlin Germany N

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Wenner-Gren Foundation 1941 New York NY USA G f


1969 Brussels Belgium G

WESSA Share-Net

1989 Howick South Africa E

West Africa Centre for Peace Foundation

WACPF 2008 Accra Ghana G f

West Africa Research Centre, Dakar

WARC 1992 Dakar Senegal G

West African Centre for Rural and Agricultural Credit Training

WACRACT Nairobi Kenya S c

West African College of Nursing

WACN 1980 Lagos Nigeria F v

West African College of Physicians

WACP 1976 Lagos Nigeria D

West African College of Surgeons

WACS 1960 Lagos Nigeria F v

West African Examinations Council

WAEC 1952 Accra Ghana D g

West African Museums Programme

WAMP 1982 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F v

West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists

WAPCP Lagos Nigeria G

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