RCE Bohol - 2018

Green School and Enterprise Development Project
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Green School and Enterprise Development Project
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Bohol
Contributing organization(s) : 
Bohol Island State University
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Julian E. Torillo Jr.
Organizational Affiliation: 
Bohol Island State University – Bilar Campus
Format of project: 
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Geographical & Education Information
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Bohol Island State University, Zamora, Bilar, Bohol

Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The project proponent is the San Jose Elementary School located at San Jose, Getafe, Bohol. Barangay San Jose is lying at the coastal side in the municipality of Getafe with a total population of 1,729 as of 2015 indicating 5.6% increase rate from 2010. Agriculture is the main source of living for the dwellers in the barangay engaging mostly in a small scale fishing, upland and rice farming activity.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
The sources of income and basic needs particularly for food for the people in barangay San Jose are significantly affected by the degradation of natural resources in the area from sea to inland resources. The burgeoning issues on environment had intertwined to socio-economic aspects basically at household level thus hindering the development in barangay San Jose. In this connection, the project aimed to developed awareness and capacity building of the young dwellers and educators addressing food security through organic farming in the barangay.
January, 2013
Along with the traditional unsustainable methods in agricultural activity which are still practiced by the people in the barangay of San Jose particularly on upland farming, the decreasing number of farmers is also one of the issues that affect the self-sufficiency in most households. The depopulation of farmers is due to the significant numbers of younger generations being less interested in agriculture. Hence, farming became less productive due to the degradation of soil quality and erratic climate that can no longer sustain their basic needs. Encouraging younger generations to agriculture is essential through formal education institution.
Degradation of soil resources and depopulation of farmers are the issues pointed out in the project. Therefore the objectives of the project were to; provide capacity training to teachers on organic farming, provide theoretical basic knowledge to pupils on backyard gardening with organic farming, demonstrate an organic farm for actual training of pupils.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
Workshop training on vermi composting, vermicast retailing, vegetable and root crop production, and hog raising to pupils in San Jose Elementary School and teachers including those from other elementary schools in the municipality of Getafe. Establishments of vermi composting beds, demonstration farm for vegetables, herbs and root crop production, nursery and pigpen inside the campus of San Jose Elementary School. Planting and growing of vegetables, root crops, banana and cacao. Production of vermicast, organic liquid fertilizers and fruit tree seedlings.
Size of academic audience: 
Since the launching of the project in 2013, around 400 elementary pupils in San Jose Elementary School and 50 teachers including those from other elementary schools were involved in the workshop trainings on the technologies adapted in the project.
Pupils and teachers who had given workshop trainings showed appreciable interest in the field discipline of the project. Hence, actual planting and growing in the demonstration farm with organic base farming were voluntarily carried out by pupils with the supervision of teachers in the school. As farming practicum to pupils in all grade levels, it has been observed that the awareness of the pupils on the importance of small scale agriculture and organic farming in particular was stimulated. Pupils learnt not only on farming aspect but also on solid waste management. They became attentive on waste segregation in which biodegradable wastes including papers are utilized as substrates in vermi composting. The climax impact of the project is the replication of the three other elementary schools on the technologies applied in the project.
Lessons learned: 
Minor difficulties were only encountered during the implementation of the project since the Agricultural Training Institute VII gave an adequate funding support while the Bohol Island State University provides the technical support on the project. However, environmental and social aspects drove challenges in the operation. Mainly, the erratic condition of weather in the local that hampered the growth of crops. The soil in the demonstration farm which more likely degraded and sandy that needs longer time to become more productive by giving more organic matter inputs. Addressing the issues of stray animals and thief causing the destruction and lost of crop products.
Key messages: 
The project is one of the initiatives in attaining the millennium goals on education for sustainable development. The challenge of the implementing institution which is the San Jose Elementary School is to promote the technologies applied in the program to other elementary schools not only in the municipality of Getafe but throughout Bohol province.
Agricultural Training Institute VII in Adopt a School Program through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between San Jose Elementary School and ATI VII.


File Name Caption for picture Photo Credit
Image icon Asia Pacific RCE Meeting 2018_RCE Bohol I.jpg (1.05 MB) Campaign poster on organic farming A.D. Nungay
Image icon Asia Pacific RCE Meeting 2018_RCE Bohol II.jpg (431.9 KB) Making of fermented plant juice as liquid bio-fertilizer A.D. Nungay
Image icon Asia Pacific RCE Meeting 2018_RCE Bohol III.jpg (1.44 MB) Elementary pupils installing trellis for string beans A.D. Nungay
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level