Thi Hong is a teacher of the Tam Van kindergarten who recently joined an info-sharing workshop about domestic waste management that was organized by CWS staff and partners. Together with her 25 colleagues and her some of her students’ parents, Hong explored the health and environmental risks and threats from unhealthy habits ranging from overuse of plastic bags to improper chemical pesticide use in home gardens. Immediately, on taking the time to talk and think about it, Hong saw that the way her school disposes of trash is just for convenience, but it is also very harmful to soil and water. Also, when thinking of her own home, Hong was glad to see simple ways for handling her family’s trash, including separating organic and inorganic waste at the source – that is, in her kitchen!
Among many different ideas that Hong heard about, she realized that ‘banana circle’ for organic waste composting was one that her school could use as easily as she could also do at home. So, she joined other teachers to commit to make one in their school gardens as a first step toward having a safer, healthier and more pleasant school.