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'Ang Kapaligiran ay Buhay Komiks Modyuls' (The Environment is Life Comics Modules): Its Effectiveness as a Learning Tool for Adults in a Grassroots Community
JOYCE G. LLANA, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
The University of Santo Tomas in collaboration with the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) has chosen Sampaga, Apalit, Pampanga one of the poverty stricken places in the Philippines as site for development. It implemented educational and training programs that will help empower the people living in the area and thus address the needs of the community in general. Since poverty was always the pointed cause of environmental degradation an environmental awareness program was conceived and implemented as part of the project. Since adults in the rural communites in the Philippines are fond of reading “komiks”, seven illustrated environmental modules were developed and implemented by way of seminars to educate volunteer residents of the place. The descriptive method was used in the study. A combination of quantitative and qualitative methods were used in validating the illustrated environmental modules at the same time in determining its effect on the knowledge of the adults about the environment and on their attitudes as manifested through their environmental sanitation practices. Results show that after reading the illustrated environmental modules the participants gained knowledge about the importance of water, cleanliness, waste management, air pollution, global warming and deforestation. The attitudes of the participants toward water conservation and preservation, cleanliness, and recycling wastes were more positive as manifested through their environmental sanitation practices. Sustainability of these practices is still under study.
 
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