Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Quality Education

Progress towards quality education was already slower than required before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has had devastating impacts on education, causing learning losses in four out of five of the 104 countries studied.

Without additional measures, an estimated 84 million children and young people will stay out of school by 2030 and approximately 300 million students will lack the basic numeracy and literacy skills necessary for success in life.

In addition to free primary and secondary schooling for all boys and girls by 2030, the aim is to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to quality higher education.

Education is the key that will allow many other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved. When people are able to get quality education they can break from the cycle of poverty.

Education helps to reduce inequalities and to reach gender equality. It also empowers people everywhere to live more healthy and sustainable lives. Education is also crucial to fostering tolerance between people and contributes to more peaceful societies.

To deliver on Goal 4, education financing must become a national investment priority. Furthermore, measures such as making education free and compulsory, increasing the number of teachers, improving basic school infrastructure and embracing digital transformation are essential.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

World Nuclear University

WNU 2003 London UK F

World Organization for Early Childhood Education

OMEP 1948 Buenos Aires Argentina C y

World Organization for Education, Science and Development

1990 Tripoli Libya 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 Malaysia B

World ORT

WO 1880 London UK C

World Ovarian Cancer Coalition

2016 C

World Pacific Sports Federation

WPSF 2018 New Delhi India J

World Packaging Organisation

WPO 1968 Vienna Austria C y

World Pathology Foundation

WPF 1972 Falls Church VA USA F f

World PCO Alliance

2009 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

World Radiography Educational Trust Foundation

WRETF 1965 London UK G f

World Recreational Scuba Training Council

WRSTC 1987 Stuart FL USA E

World Reference Laboratory for Foot and Mouth Diseases

WRLFMD 1958 Pirbright UK G

World Relief

1944 Baltimore MD USA G

World Relief Refugee Services

WRRS Baltimore MD USA G

World Renew

1962 Burlington ON Canada G

World Rowing

1892 Lausanne Switzerland B y

World Sailing

1907 London UK B y

World Sand Sculpting Academy

WSSA 1990 The Hague Netherlands C y

World Scholar's Cup

2007 Los Angeles CA USA F

World Schools Debating Championships

WSDC 1988 Ascot UK E

World Scout Bureau

WSB 1920 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia K

World Shiology Forum

WSF 2017 Beijing China J

World Silambam Association

WSA 1999 Petaling Jaya Malaysia G

World Skate

1924 Lausanne Switzerland C y

World Small Animal Veterinary Association

WSAVA 1959 Dundas ON Canada B y

World Society for Taiji

WST Brussels Belgium N

World Society for Transport and Land Use Research

WSTLUR Montréal QC Canada C

World Society of Victimology

WSV 1979 Holden Hill SA Australia C

World Sport Publishers' Association

WSPA 1991 Aachen Germany D

World Steel Association

worldsteel 1967 Brussels Belgium C t

World Student Christian Federation

WSCF 1895 Geneva Switzerland B

World Student Community for Sustainable Development

WSC-SD 2002 Cambridge MA USA F

World Student Games Federation


World Sugar Research Organisation

WSRO 1978 Cambridge UK C

World Summit on Media for Children Foundation

WSMCF 1999 Fitzroy VIC Australia F f

World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities

WSSD-U 2012 S c

World Taekwondo

1973 Seoul Korea Rep B

World Teacher Trust

WTT 1971 Brunnen Switzerland F

World Technopolis Association

WTA 1997 Daejeon Korea Rep C

World Textile Art

WTA 1997 Doral FL USA J

World Tourism Education and Research Centre

WTERC 1989 Calgary AB Canada G

World Union for Progressive Judaism

WUPJ 1926 Jerusalem Israel C v

World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae

WUJA 1956 Luxembourg Luxembourg E

World Union of Jewish Students

WUJS 1924 Jerusalem Israel C y