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 Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization

WCCO 2009 Yangzhou China C y

World Hunger Education Service

WHES 1976 Washington DC USA G

World in Need

WIN International Associates 1991 Crowborough UK G

World Inclusive Dance Association

WIDA Moscow Russia J

World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium

WINHEC 2002 Honolulu HI D

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education International Council

WIPCE International Council 1987 E c

World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network

WITBN 2008 F

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY F

World Institute for Advanced Research and Science


World Institute for Engineering and Technology Education

WIETE Melbourne VIC Australia C j

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research

WINIR 2013 Dunstable UK F

World Jewish Relief

WJR 1933 London UK F f

World Journalism Education Council

WJEC 2007 Auckland C y

World Kashmir Freedom Movement

WKFM 1990 F

World Leading Schools Association

WLSA Amstelveen Netherlands F

World League for Freedom and Democracy

WLFD 1966 Taipei Taiwan F y

World Learning

1932 Brattleboro VT USA G

World Lebanese Cultural Union

WLCU 1959 E

World Libertarian Order

WLO 1983 N v

World Literacy Council

WLC Melbourne VIC Australia G

World Literacy Foundation

2003 F f

World Literacy Initiative

2000 Atlanta GA USA G

World Maritime University

WMU 1983 Malmö E y

World Martial Arts Union

WoMAU 2002 Chungju C

World Materials Research Institutes Forum

WMRIF 2005 Tsukuba Japan F

World Media Association

WMA 1978 Washington DC USA F v

World Media Institute

WMI Prescott ON Canada N j

World Medical Association

WMA 1947 Ferney-Voltaire France B

World Medical Relief

WMR 1953 Southfield MI USA N

World Memom Organisation

WMO 2002 London E

World Memory Sports Council

WMSC 1991 Croydon UK J

World Meteorological Organization

WMO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Methodist Museum

Lake Junaluska NC USA G

World Minigolf Sport Federation

WMF 1980 Bamberg Germany C

World Muslim Congress

WMC 1926 Karachi B

World Neighbors

WN 1951 Oklahoma City OK USA G v

World Nuclear University

WNU 2003 London UK F

World Organization for Early Childhood Education

OMEP 1948 Buenos Aires C y

World Organization for Education, Science and Development

1990 Tripoli Libyan AJ G

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 B

World ORT

WO 1880 London UK C

World Ovarian Cancer Coalition

2016 C

World Packaging Organisation

WPO 1968 Vienna 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