Ibex Academia | 2020 Canadian SDG Accelerators Awards Profile

Ibex Academia

Industry: Education

Website: https://ibexacademia.com/

Category: SME

Applicable SDG: SDG 4: Quality Education

Applicable Targets:

  • Target 4.1. By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
  • Target 4.3. By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including universityTarget 4.4. By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

    Target 4.5. By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations

    Target 4.6. By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy

    Target 4.7. By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development

Please explain why the selected SDG is a priority for your company

We noticed the societal gaps that would prevent certain groups of parents from setting up and/or being willing to participate in learning pods. Low income families, especially single parents, and many newer immigrated families, as well as minorities fall into these categories. https://apple.news/AUlZq6PTYRcOUAXv3zgIwPQ

The threat of the pandemic, combined with dissatisfaction of parents with the educational system have driven many families towards forming these small (3-8 students) educational pods, which collectively get schooled or at times, homeschooled. Our company is set up to support these families in the education pods (schools of tomorrow) by presenting a comprehensive curriculum that has multiple SDGs embedded in it.

Please describe the initiatives/programs that your company is taking to address the TARGETS of your primary SDGs

Ibex Academia is a virtual educational institute that aims to deliver a comprehensive Science/Math/Literacy-focused curriculum which is implemented collaboratively. All stakeholders in the education process are expected to contribute to the delivery of this relevant curriculum and to the assessment of the learners. 

Please highlight the key impacts and results of the mentioned initiatives

The education industry is suffering globally. While the student/teacher ratios have increased in the past century, the implementation, delivery and ultimately the quality of education have been affected. A universal/global curriculum based on universal subjects such as Science & Math can readily address SDGs. These goals can only be realistically accomplished if our students are educated about them in as early stages of their lives as possible.  Another positive impact of our initiative is the involvement of multiple stakeholders in the various stages of the process of education. This will energize various constituents in the community to become aware of and address the SDGs. 

Please describe how your company is building awareness for the selected SDG

Our pitch, and our goals are so in line with SDGs of the UN. The type of support we will be requesting (& hopefully receiving) through this journey and how this support would ultimately help the (especially needy) students will certainly be shared on social media. Our business success (internally), as a result, reflects the achieving of SDGs. We will certainly celebrate on social media our accomplishments in our local communities and ultimately globally as we believe our business model is certainly universal (external). Ibex Academia is founded based on a curriculum that is consistently parallel with multiple SDGs. Every attempt to promote/market our business will certainly build awareness for these precious goals.

Please outline the plans your organization has for being committed to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in response to COVID-19

We have considered various models in terms of educators/learners’ ratios, the costs involved in running a vigorous global curriculum, and the pros and cons of virtual mode of education. The on-set of the pandemic has accelerated the transition from in-person to virtual modes of education. Unfortunately, this is coinciding with widening socioeconomic and gender  gaps. After conducting in depth analyses, we have managed to come up with an inclusive, and feasible business package that can readily and successfully be scaled.