travelling with ed

this month ed and i are travelling to several cities and towns together.  last. dec. 3 ,we went to the teachers’ camp in baguio for ed to deliver a talk on “reaching the unreached”. the audience was a thousand educators invited by DepEd. ed organized his talk on how educators at the city,town and barangay level can reach the unreached and participate in the Education for All campaign, a commitment that the philippine government signed as part of the MDG goals.

i went around the benitez hall in teacher’s camp and saw people from many provinces listening to ed. as i scanned the lobby and balconies, i realized that only ed’s voice could reach everyone. there were places where they couldnt see the slideshow on the video screen nor see ed. i stood by one corridor and tried to listen to ed without seeing him and his powerpoint. realizing that the learning will be inadequate, i introduced myself to the secretariat and requested for camera assistance. i asked the one in charge to shift the focus of the cameras from ed’s slides to his face and include the audience so that they can move their eyes. in brain rules, listening with visual and motor  movements accelerate learning. i told ed that a lot of people were really listening to him. that he could reach almost everyone with his voice and energy.

today,  dec.5th,i went  with ed  to ateneo de manila to listen to the 19 finalists of galing pook. the morning sessions had eight presentations and most had good  governance projects except that their powerpoint presentations  reminded me of the sin of  ” death by powerpoint” – that you kill everyone by overloading them with poor slideshows.

i was impressed by the  trento lgu  bio dynamic farming in agusan del sur. the tranto  lgu trained the farmers to use organic farming and it increased their income. it also allowed the women to participate as partners and provided them with opportunities to develop their leadership. organic farming is my current passion and am participating in the DA FIELD support project where ELF will be enhancing the organic farming modules of 7 demo farms. i have been attending sessions of organic practitioners and agriculturists since november and have taken time to read the literature on sustainable agriculture. i told ed that my only qualitfication is that i am a vermiculture learner.  i raised my capacity to supervise the setting up of one to seven 7 vermibeds, produce one to  3 kilos of earthworms  and vermicast per bed every month. and i only started last june !

next monday,dec.8 , ed and i will fly to cagayan de oro to listen to their assessment and planning for the next year. caloy and ayi are good friends . ed and i look forward to learning more about their peace advocacies and sustainable development programs. we plan also to visit the electric coops and get updates on rural electrification.

next dec. 15-18, we plan to travel to naujan for Inay and the organic training of FIELDS. i havent been able to visit Inay since june and hope she is well enough to see us and the ELF team.

december is a busy month but a productive month. travelling with ed to many cities and towns  provide me with  opportunities to meet new friends. of course it also allows ed and i to catch up with each other’s learning especially now that he is always on the road for various talks while am busy with raising worms in our backyard and have taken the idle lot on our street for vermicomposting. this xmas, am already selling my happy worms. happy worms make  happy soils. happy soils produce edible plants.

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