SDGs on the Agenda: Aventura de Construir and SDG # 4 Quality Education

Can the Third Sector collaborate with Quality Education? Do activities related to social projects have synergy with the goals of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) or is this a matter restricted to public and business authorities?

Since these questions always guide the planning of Aventura de Construir (ADC), precisely because we are part of the Global Compact, we decided to create the series of articles “ODS em Pauta”. We have already explained a little about what the SDGs are here on the Blog and we inaugurated, last month (March / 2020), this series with the SDG # 1 Eradication of Poverty, which you can read here!

Now let’s talk a little bit about how our inclusive territorial development mission by supporting low-income microentrepreneurship reinforce aspects of SDG #4 Quality Education.

When we announce that we work with quality education, we are mostly referring to our collective qualification that pursue much more than share content with the public. But now you must be wondering: what is so different about this approach? It turns out that produce and distribute quality content is not very difficult to accomplish, we see many institutions doing this work. However, what ADC pursue in this process of disseminating knowledge is also expand horizons and possibilities.

We always seek to do this democratically and in partnership with high-level specialists in their respective areas, because only then is possible to induce a significant transformation in the training public, as well as making them multipliers with the potential to also educate those in its surroundings. Just last year (2019), for example, our training cycles were permeated by meetings with these specialists! Here we place some examples with the respective guests by ADC to make our work method a little more evident:

  • SALES TO GROW: Cláudio Ferreira, Metro Commercial Director, and Janete Jhun, Partner at Joias Fanny; Camila Forte, specialist in Trade Marketing at Nestlé;
  • HEALTH FOOD AND FINANCIAL HEALTH: Taynara Alves, consultant graduated in Chemistry and Business Management, winner of the AMBEV 2019 award and nominated by Mckinsey among the 20 young influencers in Brazil;
  • INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY: Gil Giardelli, a student of digital culture;
  • JOBS OF TOMORROW: IBMEC professor Edson Machado and Olívia Vachon, Marketing director at Eataly.

In addition to the specialists, we also conduct some training courses given by the microentrepreneurs served by ADC. To that end, we use the same democratic perspective to benefit the educational potential of some microentrepreneurs. As all training sessions are dynamic and very horizontal, with listening and purposeful exercises, we are able to identify more engaged participants, with a certain technique and communication skills between peers. In this regard, we invite these people to replicate their entrepreneurial experiences, making them multipliers and providing scalability to learning. We have had very interesting results in these processes, from which we can also learn together and make sure that our goal of disseminating knowledge is fulfilled!

See? It is possible to develop activities that are truly in line with the SDG #4 proposal. Find out here all the goals related to a quality education! If you want to know which indicators organizations can use to measure the impacts of their respective activities that connect with quality education, consult the Institute for Research and Applied Economics (IPEA).

At Aventura de Construir we measure the impacts of all our activities and projects. Regarding collective training, an Evaluation Form is always applied at the end of it so that we can analyze whether the contents were understood and apprehended by the public, as well as dedicating a space to receive feedback with suggestions that can improve this journey. In addition, our Impact Assessment System has indicators related to training in order to measure how the impact of this service is related to the results of the projects we monitor. But how do we do it? Here’s an example:

We associate the “Training” service with 2 impact variables (Income and Business Formalization) and measure the impact through the following indicators:

  • Monthly revenue: Entrepreneurs who know how much they bill and the value of their revenue;
  • Monthly Profit: Entrepreneurs who know whether they have profited and what the profit is;
  • Possession of at least one employee: Business in which someone, besides the owner, works steadily.

Now that you’ve seen an example of how SDG #4 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda (UN) can be worked on by Third Sector organizations, go to work to ensure and support an inclusive, equitable and quality education that promotes opportunities lifelong learning for all!

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