RCSSED app helps Filipino families learn sustainable agriculture

The UST Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (RCSSED) rolled out a web application that promotes sustainable agriculture initiatives in identified rural communities. The application is a product from an action research initiative called the Sustainable Organic Agriculture Project (SOAP).

The “UST Family Literacy app” enables various stakeholders to upload and share relevant, timely digital content on sustainable agriculture initiatives in identified rural areas.
Information coming from this SOAP app may also be of practical use by varied stakeholders, with the app serving as a repository for videos, images, and files in easy-to-retrieve models and modules.
The Family Literacy app contains a chat assistant, a content management system, data sharing options, a messaging system, a separate notification system, and a research monitoring system.
This app was employed by the UST RCSSED’s Family Literacy team in Barangay Pinili, San Jose City in Nueva Ecija.
Family literacy specialists Drs. Gina Lontoc, Camilla Vizconde and Belinda de Castro collaborated with UST’s technology experts in rolling out the application. The University of East Anglia (UEA), through a funding facility called the Global Research Translation Award, provided support to the Family Literacy app and to SOAP.
Family literacy is a concept that sees adults and children (not just the latter) conduct learning and literacy-related activities —on various topics— at home.
SOAP as the action research project started in 2019 and ended in December 2022.

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