This course module intended for Xavier University outreach communities and partners is a 2-day training course that combines the imparting of knowledge on: basic concepts and principles of the reuse-oriented ecological sanitation approach; linkages to health and agriculture; available low-cost sanitation technologies; newly developed TPS technology and its potential to create lasting and highly fertile soils, and basic organic farming practices
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The focus of ACCESSanitation will be on making tangible improvements to sanitation services and facilities in the ten participating cities in India and the Philippines. This will be achieved through the development of local capacity to plan, design and implement sustainable sanitation systems and by launching campaigns to raise awareness on improved hygiene practices.
The Sustainable Sanitation Center (SuSan Center) is a multidisciplinary convergence center of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan involving the 3 Xavier University Colleges: School of Medicine, College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture. The SUSAN center is committed to a science-based and multi-sectoral engagement in sustainable sanitation aiming to achieve a cleaner and healthier environment and promoting human dignity for peaceful and sustainable development in Mindanao, the Philippines and the wider Southeast Asian region. The SUSAN centers core activities include capacity development of communities, policy makers and other institutions on sustainable sanitation and to support the development and implementation of various sustainable sanitation technology solutions.
A group of professionals from Australia recently visited Bendum, exploring ways of assisting and supporting the emergence of Bendum as a center for ecology. Julie Edwards, CEO of Jesuit Social Services in Australia, with Clinton Murray and Nelson Riofrio, pro bono architects, and Miles Murray, a Year 10 Student from Xavier College, were in Bendum for five days.
KATC promotes the formation of study circles in the villages. This is a method of adult participatory education. A small group of 7 to 12 farmers come together to form a study circle group. The group chooses the topic it would like to study. There is a group leader, who need not be an expert in the subject matter, who is trained in study-circle leadership skills, and whose task it is to animate the group. All participants contribute to the learning process by sharing information and working on practical exercises together.
Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) is a farmer-training institution near Lusaka, Zambia. It is operated by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). From its beginning in 1974 until 1990 it taught conventional (industrial) agriculture, but then shifted to organic, sustainable agriculture. KATC offers a series of short courses (3 days to 2 weeks) in organic agriculture (e.g., biological pest management, animal draft power), conducts field days at its own demonstration plots, farms, rural areas, and schools in the area.