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 for World Organization

WFWO 2001 Rome Italy G

World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought

WFPIST Teheran Iran Islamic Rep F

World Forum on Theology and Liberation

WFTL 2003 Porto Alegre Brazil F

World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention

1993 F f

World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

1971 New York NY USA F f

World Foundation for Medical Studies in Female Health

WFFH 1955 Port Washington NY USA G f

World Free Zones Organization

World FZO Dubai United Arab Emirates C

World Futures Studies Federation

WFSF 1973 Fjellstrand Norway B y

World Haiku Association

WHA 1999 Saitama Japan C v

World Hatha Yog Federation

2019 Dantan India D

World Health Academy


World Health Innovation Summit

WHIS Carlisle UK J

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Hepatitis Alliance

WHA 2007 London UK B y

World Heritage Centre

WHC 1992 Paris France E g

World Heritage Committee

1976 Paris France E g

World Heritage Fund

1976 Paris France F fg

World Heritage Information Network

WHIN Paris France K

World Heritage Institute of Training and Research - Asia and Pacific

WHITRAP 2007 Shanghai China G gj

World Heritage Watch

WHW 2014 Berlin Germany G y

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 USA 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 USA 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

1933 London UK F f

World Journalism Education Council

WJEC 2007 Auckland New Zealand 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 Sweden E y

World Martial Arts Masterships Committee

WMC 2016 Seoul Korea Rep G

World Martial Arts Union

WoMAU 2002 Chungju Korea Rep 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