Iwastology In Action!

SAI teaches the students to document the garbage and complete its story from buying from the store, to consumption, and to dumping.  SAI provides them with a web platform where they can upload their pictures, videos, reflections and even data of garbage.  As a pilot project, the Iwastologists give workshops and seminars to grade 5 and 6 students of Kasiglahan Village Elementary School on compost, recyclable, and non-recyclable materials.  At the end of the day, each Iwastologist records the data that the students consumed each day.  In addition, the Iwastologist sorts out the trash from each bin, and records each trash, for instance, 5 peels of banana, 25 candy wrappers, and 10 chips wrappers, and so on.  All these accumulated data will be uploaded in the website all of us can see what is happening in the school.  Kids will assess the data that they will gather. They will find and proposed solutions out of it.

The compost garbage will be treated by other students and turn it into a fertilizer that the school will use for their vegetable garden.  All vegetables that will be harvested will be used in the canteen of the school.  There is also contest for grade 5 and 6 for the best recycler of the year.

At the end of the year, all the fertilizers, bags, and other products will be exhibited and sold to the public.  In addition, the data that the kids will gather will be presented to the local officials and public as part of the exhibit by April 2012.


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  1. Descriptive Research – the Team got to know some of the scavengers and those who experienced living in the dumpsite, who gave their observations and testimonies of experiences that added value to the documentation.  The Team collected all the descriptions and observations.
  2. Interviewing – the Team gathered the data mostly by interviewing people who founded Iwastology (Arcie Mallari), facilitated the cinematography workshops (Alex Pritz and Christian Elliot), teachers, principals, scavengers, the officers-in-charge in Payatas Dumpsite and in Smoky Mountain, and kids who underwent the Iwastology trainings.
  3. Mind Mapping – the Team had mind mapping (brainstorming) process before the planning.
  4. Footages Checklist– the Team created standard footages checklist procedures that was followed before doing the data gathering, interviewing and footaging or filming.

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