CyberFair Project ID: 4176

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Tajikistan Arts and Culture
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Secondary School #1
    Isfara, Soghd, Tajikistan

4 students, ages 14-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 17, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2006

Classes and Teachers: Ibrahim Rustamov, Naimjon, Mukhlisa , Abdurahim, Zafar

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Our team is made up of four students, Naimjon (17 years), Mukhlisa (17), Abdurahim(17) and Zafar(16). We are four students from different schools in Isfara town, but we study Internet in our Internet Learning Center. We have one coach, our Internet Learning Center Educator Mr.Ibrahim Rustamov. We chose Tajikistan Arts and Culture topic for our project because of the main thing is to learn Internet by way of introducing ourselves to the world and present information about the richness of our country. 2006 year is a year of Ariyans in Tajikistan and we thought it would be nice to have a project about our culture and arts. Each of us was given responsibility to make our project interesting and fun. Naimjon was given to make a website and take pictures. Mukhlisa and Abdurahim had to make research both virtually in reality by interviewing people, gathering information in libraries and writing about ancient places. Zafar is also asissted to Naimjon to make our website be present on the Internet. In other words, we all helped each other, as well as our teacher helped us with valuable advices and comments, so we could achieve our objectives.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our project is in the category of 'Arts and Culture and it is called 'Tajikistan Arts and Culture'. In this project one can learn about the past and present of Tajik nation. As the year 2006 is the year of Arians in Tajikistan its the main objective to introduce about the arts and culture of our country. This project tells about the Art, culture, tradition and modern lifestyle

The topic of our web project is Tajikistan Art and Culture Why this topic? 2006 year has been announced as the year of Arians in Tajikistan, as well as all over the world. We decided to make a web project on the framework of Doors to Diplomacy about this topic, and are happy to contribute about Tajik Art and Culture to the development of the Internet in our country.

In order to be successful in our web project we conducted interviews, did research and did a web quest both on the Internet and in libraries. In this site you can learn about Tajikistan, its people, history, art and culture and much more.

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:4-6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

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

Our Internet access is a little bit slow for having and organizing such kind of activities like Podcasting and Video conferences to liven up our activity.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Sometimes we had problems with electricity, but thankfully we could get support in this winter season from our head office that provided us with a generator.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Thanks to our participation in Doors to Diplomacy, we have gained better understanding about our own culture and art, but also could make a contribution in this field for the rest of the world.

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

Our project content is all about Tajik culture, tradition and history. During this project we have learnt a lot and gained valuable knowledge about new technology, hot to properly interview community members, work in different computer programs while editing pictures and creating web pages for our site. Internet Project based is something new for us, as our traditional classroom has no such rules to work in teams. In our school we learn such subjects like History of Tajikistan, International History, Drawing - Fine Arts - so this project gave us an opportunity to learn broaden our knowledge about historical and cultural background of our nation, at the same time to contribute to Tajikistan's presence in World Wide Web. Internet for teaching and learning is more effective than tradition methods. There are so many tools on the Internet that could be of great help both to teachers and students to interact with each other. It is already like a blackboard and chalk for many schools worldwide. Students feel much motivated when their work brings much feedback and support from different countries.

Project Elements

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

During Doors to Diplomacy project, we have used such tools like HP digital camera and scanner and also worked in such valuable web tool like Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver was the most helpful program that we have ever used, though we also learned how to make changes in Notepad in our web pages. It is really pity that we could not install WebBlender program. We have 6 computers connected to the Internet. Thanks to Relief International Schools online for providing us computers with the Internet access, so we can learn more about the world, at the same time introduce ourselves to the world by strengthening friendship with many nations of the world.

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

Since our project site is already uploaded to the web server, we have forums where we meet our web visitors. While creating this web site, we interviewed teachers and local TV and newspaper editors to learn much about the culture and art in our region. Of course, we have tried our best to cite all those web site the resources of which we have used in our web project, but we also would like to thank Firuza Djabborova of Relief International Schools Online Dushanbe Office for her comments and suggestions, as well as for her support.

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

Being involved in this project, we had to consult with editors of our local TV and Newspaper, they were really pleased to hear about the launch of our website about Tajik Art and Culture which is giving an opportunity to spread the word about our culture to the world. We are very happy that we could establish contacts with local media involving other people to take part in our activity. We plan further collaborate with people from our community and meet in forums in a regular basis. We would like to thank all contributors for their positive feedback about web site and their interest in our project.

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

We would like to thank Lyceum #3 director Mr.Kodirov Mirzohikmat for his support, as well as would like to thank members of English Club, 2 Project Groups, Web Designers'Club, Art and Photographers' Club in our center for their help and support to complete this project. We also would like to thank other Internet Learning Centers' students and educators who shared their ideas and views about our project. As there are more than 24 Internet Learning Centers in Tajikistan collaborating with our Internet Learning Center, most of the them visited our web site and conntacted via Yahoo Messenger sharing their knowledge and quests on the Internet. Thank you so much!

Special thanks to Luis Fernandez from Spain who encouraged us commenting about our website being in Madrid, Spain! Gracias amigo!

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Abdurahim: This is the first web project in my life to make available on the Internet. I have learnt a lot reading books, meeting community members and last by not least working in a team. Each time when I dicovered new information to add for our website I was really surprised to see how much knowledge and information can be added to our website. I am very happy that thanks to this web project I got to know many things that will be curved in my mind for many years to come.

Naimjon:For the first day of our web project, I wanted to make a website to introduce my country, hometown to the international community. At last thanks to Doors to Diplomacy I could use my knowledge obtained in our Web Designers' Club in this project. I knew how to make a site but it was only theory. Now it is done. As I am also a leader of Youth Leadership Club I could gather and work with volunteers and made some presentation about Doors to Diplomacy. Now our website and it became like a huge educational and informative site that we daily visit! Thank you for making this important project available for us!

Muhklisa:The most interesting part of this project for me was hot to take interview going out of center. We usually have no such kind activity in our school, though we have taking interviews in our Internet Learning Center in Isfara. I am proud of being a part of this project team. Thanks to this I could get enrich my knowledge in the field of art, technology, history to name just a few. Thank you!

Zafar:Frankly speaking I am so much happy to work in this team, though I was the most busiest one with my studies at gymnasium. I always wanted to make a website about Tajikistan, especially about its history and culture. Thanks for allowing me to get a lifetime experience with the help of this project!


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