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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Human Rights: Are We All Equal?
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Secondary School #21
    Dushanbe, TJ, Tajikistan

4 students, ages 15-15 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 21, 2005. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005

Classes and Teachers: Valentina Afanaseva, Marina Kolucheva, Red Hat, Botanic, Shaha, Nilushka.

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Tajikistan is that country, where almost is not given any attention to the children. We, Shaha, Botanic, Red Hat and Nilushka are ordinary students of ordinary urban school. There were days behind days and all is went as always. And one day a girl by the name Marina has come at our school and has told to our principle about the project “Doors to Diplomacy”. Next day the principle has gone at our class and have told us about the project, then asked if somebody would like to assert the rights and to get new knowledge in the field of International diplomacy. We have lifted our hands and now, we are the participants of this project! We were so happy that we can tell to all world not only about sunny Tajikistan, but also about the problems, which natives us with many other states. At last there was our first meeting, on which we have met with Marina and began to solve what category closer to us, children of Tajikistan. We have stopped on 'Promotion of Peace and Democracy. Social Issues.' But it was 'but'. We have limited in time. But it hasn't stopped us. Also we have begun searches of the information for our project, previously having made an outline of our web site. Our researches have came us to the International and Local organizations, which are focused on protection of the Human Rights. All of us were interested in achievement of the purpose, put by us, and worked soul in soul. Personalities of our Team are responsible and unique students. Red Hat (15) in the future the known genetist. She will try to make a medcine from HIV/AIDS. She will be a strong fighter against discrimination of people with HIV/AIDS. Shaha (15) is the most responsible girl and the strong fighter for the Rights of the Child. Botanic (15) - dreams to become the pilot of a high degree, but he interested in politics and can be a perfect political figure. And Nilushka (15) stands on the guard of the Rights of the Women. She is an independent girl, which doesn't want to repeat destiny of her ancestors. And also Marina - she is our leader, coach and the best friend. If we have had another leader, we wouldn't be so strong team as we are now. We shall always remember that experience and that fun, we had during the project and we shall stay the best friends and the Team of “Doors to Diplomacy” Forever. This project the first and the best in our life.

2. Summary of Our Project

By the purpose of the project from the very beginning was put to inform up all the world that the documents on the Human Rights are exist only on a paper and only in some states they have significant weight. We tried to study, not imposing anybody of the opinion, and only giving the people to understand, that the Human Rights is with what each of us came in this world, but sometimes we don't feel them all life. For this purpose School# 21 Team has studied Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child, International Bill of Human Rights, International Covenants and Constitutions of the USA, Republic of Tajikistan and Russian Federation and has chosen those laws, which concern participations of the citizen in state businesses, namely Elections and Judicial Reform. February 27, 2005 in the Republic of Tadjikistan has passed Parliamentary Elections. It is the first Elections, which passed according to the established international standards. They have passed in an atmosphere of 'New'. We carefully traced all pre-election campaign, elections, and also calculation of votes and results. These elections became a vivid example international diplomacy. We believe that this will be greatly enhance interest in the web site and enhance learning. On a site has shown, that not only one economic growth will solve the full problem of maintenance of observance of the Human Rights, achievement of social validity and development of the man. However at drawing up of the national plans of economic and social development it is necessary to proceed from the Human Rights. Once this is done, the site will represent the mini-encyclopedia under the Human Rights. We wish to have the reader participate with the information given and something to leave for ourselves. Getting acquainted with our site, the people of all age groups follows will reflect on a global problem of the Human Rights. Also, we shall present for your attention the comparative analysis of the Human Rights, wich will be base on the Constitution of the Republic of Tajikistan, The United States of America and Russian Federation. School# 21 hopes to offer audiences not only for tajik people, but also to all world community the very best learning experience in Human Rights. After acquaintance with a site reflect and answer the question: 'Are We All Equal?'

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

Students of the School#21 have one computer class, but they have no Internet connection. That is why, Marina, our coach, and the Vice president of Youth Opportunities NGO provides us with the free e-mail and Internet service after school hours. But school #21 is located for about two kilometers far from Youth Opportunities NGO Office. This Office based in Orphanage #1. Also, students used Internet Cafes for searching information and sometimes home access. Internet connection is too expensive for Tajik for daily use.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Yes, our team is very strong and rallied. Each of us and all together we aspired to achievement of the goal, overcoming difficulties and obstacles in our way. The difficulties trapped us continually. Let's begin! Dayly schedule of each of us has changed in a root and the day has turned to continuous explanations, researches, debate and meetings. At first school, then three members from our team attended rates of the French language and debates club and the fourth member of our team is engaged in navigation, jumps in water and mountain climbing. Then day after day we needed to go to the office of Youth Opportunities NGO, office is located in Orphanage#1 which is far for two kilometers from our school. The area of Orphanage#1 is unsafe, especial on evenings. Also we had a problem with transportation. To reach Orphanage#1we needed to replace two microbuses, to stand at a busstop for about half an hour, and then to be in way one hour. A lot of time have spend for this and after our meeting we came home late. Here was our next problem: our parents. They could not get used that we had a new occupation and that this occupation borrows all our free time. The parents worried and we have reached that the parents of one member of our team wanted to forbid her to participate in the project. But thanks God it has not taken place! Certainly there were problems with the books and access to the Internet. Besides it we needed to make travel to all Local and International organizations engaged in protection of the Human Rights. The job was constructed so, that each day we made researches and, were going on daily meeting, discussed all our achievements. We changed a place for meetings very often. As it was inconvenient to go to the Orphanage#1. Each of us was engaged in that section, which was closer to him. And as a result now you can receive the valuable information, studying our web site.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

This is very good that students of Tajikistan participates in such International Competition. It means a huge step forward in development of the Republic of Tajikistan. First, that Tajikistan has risen on a way of Democracy, secondly, that the people have access to modern computer technologies and thirdly, that children can express their opinions and probably open eyes by the adult on problems, which underlie all society. Our classmates, having realized all importance of this project, have wanted to join us. And it is valid. Three of them helped us as volunteers. The teachers, parents, classmates and even the grandparents was our advisers and first judges. And it is really important that we, citizens, and at the same time integral part of world community, creating a web site for other people, have understood that if the child has no Rights, he will grow the weak man. And in the future he begins not to assert that belongs to him under the right and will simply be restrained and up to the end of life he doesn't learn sweetness of freedom, freedom that you know the rights – Human Rights!

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Our project “Doors to Diplomacy” has prepared with assistance of several persons and the organizations, and also other participants involved in work on creation of a web site. They have rendered us great help and support. A great role in preparation of creation of our site have played advices, comments and also encouragement of pedagogical collective of our school. During our teamwork we have learned to work in collective, to respect with another's opinion and correctly defend the point of view. We began our project with the statement of the purposes and themes about which we has spoken on our homepage. The basic sources of reception of the information for creation of our site were the Internet, Political newspapers and magazines. Also an informational support for our web site has been received from regional branch of UNICEF, the Youth Center on support of a healthy way of life. Our articles, links, documents on Human Rights - continuous reflections of our purpose. One of the basic questions, on which authors of our articles tryed to answer was the question “How are the Human Rights break and not observed. The second key question is attempted to find answer to a question “Are We All Equal?”. Our articles are written in a consecutive manner to benefit and involve interest of the reader. Links have been created that the reader could learn more about the information which has interested in. We have placed a collection of the photos representing the real position of the international society on our site, and forcing each person to realize importance of so global problem. Our web site has shined many problems, and not in the last instance growth of an inequality between the countries and inside of them.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

We live in high technologies century. Unfortunately, our school, having 20 computers, has no opportunity for connection to the Internet. But all of us equally searched for an output, as the Internet was our basic source. When we have collected all necessary information for our web site we began to announce each day on a school ruler about our daily progress. Also we called children and teachers each week to come in a computer class and estimate our job. We used mobile telephones to agree upon a place of our next meeting. Computer software, scanners and printers we used for the work on elections and our web site at all. We needed digital camera for making photos of the real tajik life. Also we have visited some tajik schools to represent them our project, our interesting work and our progress. We have asked them about their attitude to Human Rights. We told for every passer-by about our project and took an interview from them. During the visiting local and international organizations we came to the UNICEF organization. When they have heard about our project, the coordinator of the program in Tajikistan was very glad for us and has presented us a lot of books, magazines, posters and calendars and also CD-disks. There was no limits to our happiness in that day. We have received huge quantity of the information from our national newspapers: Asia-Plus, National Newspaper and Evening Dushanbe. Overall our greatest assets were the people who assisted us and made our entire project possible.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

We are the future of the state and consequently our duty is to improve a social status of the state and participate in the international projects as “Doors to Diplomacy'. We open for ourselves a lot of new and we try to inform a society in which we live. In this case, we have done so. Our main task was to inform about project as much people as possible. Our group was the “ambassadors” in the main turn at our school. As we are pupils of one class, the problem was a little complicated. First of all we have decided to unpack the information of the project, in particular, about our work. Leaflets were hanged in all school. You don't know how many children and little girls have responded to the aid. All have appeared, so people are interested in it, everyone had a huge quantity of questions that we had not time to answer. But nevertheless work it costed. Students of our school have brought the big contribution to the development of a site and we thank them. Secondly, it was very important to know opinion of people on forthcoming elections, on position of children and on observance of Human Rights in republic. When idea has arisen, at once we have decided to divide and ask questions to casual passers-by. Having interrogated people, it was clear, that people answered very sincerely, expressing their opinion without fear. Thirdly, it was necessary to notify all the organizations of city about work above the project, to ask the information, concerning this or that theme and to lead conversation with group. Organizations hadn't refused to us. Also we have sent the letters to the USA and Russian Federation Embassies with request of Constitutions in tajik language. But they haven't respond to us. And the most amazing for our group was arrival to the organization by the Rights of Child UNICEF. We didn't expect such hospitable reception from the organization. The employe of the organization has listened to us, and has given the books. Soon we have learned that it is a gift and some minutes we stood in perplexity, but then thanked and wend away. We wend from a building in such cheerful mood and with lots of books. Therefore we hope that such attitude to children will be stipulated in all organizations of the city, and the students with pleasure will take part in projects where they will need to act in a role of “ambassadors”.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

The struggle of people for maintenance of the rights for domination of the new beginnings of a life is full of fascinating interest. To take part in such projet - great pleasure for us. Before this project we had no exact representation about real position of people in the world. Having begun work above this project, we have understood how much is this problem, deep and extensive. We tried to involve as much as possible people rather interested in observance of the rights in our work. We did not expect, that such plenty of people will respond on our offer. During our teamwork we have created a small group. Working collectively, we tried not to miss any important information. Together we assorted the received information, choosing that directly concerned human rights. Representatives of the organizations with whom we have got acquainted, have brought the big contribution to development of our project. We consulted on them, listening to their critical opinions and offers. We also have learned a lot of information on infringement and non-observance of human rights from books and the magazines given to us representatives of these organizations. When the site was ready, it was seen by the students of our school, our teachers and parents. They were convinced that work has been done knowingly and our hard work hasn't passed for nothing.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

It was impossible to begin such scale project without any information and support. And on one of our meetings we have solved to receive more information, we should visit the organizations, engaged human rights. Next day, we have made the list of the organizations which were very important in our project. In all places we have met differently. Representatives from some organizations have been pleasantly surprised by our aspiration. They listened to us, asking about our problems, giving materials on Human Rights. Also they offered us new themes for our project. We have visited 'The Center by the international formation and support', the open branches of Soros Foundation, OSCE and UNICEF in Dushanbe, and also the organizations on protection of the rights of children and women. But there were also those who didn't understand us, not trusted, that modern youth is interested in such issues. Duaring making our articles, we have addressed to our parents who helped us giving various advice, correcting articles and helping to make their more sated. Parents became the first readers and critics of our articles. They also have specified us the defects in articles and the way of their correction. The students of our school and our friends were the volunteers in the project and also helped us in achievement of our goal. There are a lot of people who helped us in translating of our articles. There was one man. He is a surgeon, but he knows Tajik literery language in perfection. He is a great helper in our project. Other people helped us to print the different documents, concerning human rights, our teacher helped us to take an interviews. All these people have brought the invaluable contribution in our work with the creation of the web site. They helped us everywhere. Separate gratitude to the principle of our school for the rendered help and support.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

On a course of achievement of our purpose we have opened a lot of important for our future life. Each participant of the project did his own opening, concerning themes of his work and then shared with the others. We have much learned about infringements of the rights of people in the world, and about the people struggling for these rights. We have familiarized with the various organizations which were deal with a problem of human rights. Being engaged in this project, we have learned how to protect the Human Rights. We have learned a lot of new about elections, about labour migration and judicial reform. We have understood that human rights are possible and necessary protect, and have believed in an opportunity to defend the opinion. Before it, we did not meet similar projects yet. And due to the done work, now we have collected a considerable experience. Before the beginning of the given project we were not able to create a web page and to make out them, but we have entered the web design rates and have collided with sphere absolutely unfamiliar and interesting for us. We have learned to work in a Team and to be more rallied. We wish to share the experience received during the project with others.


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