CyberFair Project ID: 4370

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Fight Is On
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Ryan International School
    New Delhi, Delhi, India

4 students, ages 15-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 13, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2006

Classes and Teachers: Mahesh Lakra, 1. Abhishek 2.Aritra 3.Yagnik 4.Madhav

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

If we listen attentively, we shall hear amid the uproar of empires and nations, the faint fluttering of wings, the gentle stirring of life and hope. Some say this hope lies in a nation, others in a man. I believe, rather, that it is awakened, revived, nourished by millions of solitary individuals whose deeds and words every day negate frontiers and the crudest implications of history. Albert Camus

A chilling wind is blowing. As I write it is sending shivers of fear through my body. These shivers make me profoundly aware of the terror our founding fathers had suffered, and why they held freedom of expression as bedrock for the democratic union they conceived.

The world is changing…and so are the people. But are we equipped enough for this change? Are we ready to face the consequences of development? Who are these ‘characters’ who have so ironically become a part of our life and who cause havoc in this ever-changing world? Why are we sitting and letting these people take over our lives??

And so the team for ‘FIGHT IS ON’ was formed and we set out to show this world that it is in our hands to remove the tyranny of terrorism and make this world a better place to live in.

Aritra Roy- the writer of the group; He was responsible for writing all the articles and compiling all the information into descriptions and essays.

Yagnik Khanna- the creative head of the group; He was responsible for finding all the information and for primary planning about the structure of the website. He also worked tirelessly for fine-tuning all the elements of the website along with the visual inputs.

Abhishek Kanther- the computer genius of the group; He was responsible for final preparation of the website, including programming and creating WebPages to showcase all the writing material and other aesthetic elements.

2. Summary of Our Project

Politics are among the most ancient, enduring, and consequential sources of conflict, as they determine how power will be distributed among people, including over life and death, wealth and poverty, independence and obedience. Conflicts concerning these issues have shaped the ways we have interacted as a species over the course of centuries. At there core, as Hannah Arendt wrote, is the conflict that, 'from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics: the cause of freedom versus tyranny.' Freedom and tyranny are factors not only in conflicts between minorities and nation states, but in small, everyday conflicts between parents and teenagers, managers and employees, governments and citizens, and wherever power is distributed unequally. If we define political conflicts as those arising out of or challenging an uneven distribution of power, including relational, religious, and cultural power, it is clear that politics happens everywhere. In this sense, “the personal is political,” yet the political is also personal, due to globalization, the reach and speed of communication, reduced travel barriers, and increasing environmental interdependency. We can even identify an ecology of conflict, in which rapidly evolving international conflicts have the ability to overwhelm safety and security everywhere. Conflicts in Afghanistan, Sudan, Brazil, and East Timor can no longer be ignored, as they touch our lives in increasingly significant ways. We therefore require improved understanding, not only of the conflict in politics, but the politics in conflict. As our world shrinks and our problems can no longer be solved except internationally, we need ways of revealing, even in seemingly ordinary, interpersonal conflicts, the larger issues that connect us across boundaries, and methods for resolving political conflicts that are sweeping, strategic, interest-based, and transformational. A clear, unambiguous reason for doing so occurred on September 11, 2001. Our project visualizes the need of the hour: A COMPLETE REORIENTATION, the time has come and as Swami Vivekanada so rightly said, “ARISE, AWAKE AND STOP NOT UNTILL THE GOAL IS REACHED”…and so we set on the path to continue curb this war and to wage PEACE. It is our firm belief that if we join hands and overcome all strife…then victory is ours!

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 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 school has long since been technology oriented with the prime objective being the amalgamation of technology with regular coursework. We have more than 80 computers and workstations in the campus and this has been the prime reason for us meeting the deadline. Although all of the team members had personal computers, we could work together in our school and also could take the help of our teachers who provided valuable information.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The major problem that we had to overcome was that all of the team members being senior students, we all had our final exams and our weekly exams. This was a big hindrance as it led to lack of communication among the members of the team.

Technical: As we were short of time due to our exams, we also faced the problem of co-ordination. We worked on three different computers in our homes and thus, all the information about the website was scattered into three.

As the subject of our project is very sensitive, we also had to make do with diverse opinions and sometimes even conflicting ones. All these problems were solved due to our enthusiasm to show the world the importance of fighting terror and as India is a country, which has a long relation with Non-Violence, we had to keep in mind our eternal values. Also, We sought the help of eminent personalities who have been fighting for this cause for a long time. All the interviews and the appointments had to be co-ordinated so that it didn’t conflict with our examination dates.

But in the end…we met all needs and emerged victorious in our fight to meet all the deadlines and other miscellaneous hurdles that we had to overcome.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Violence, terrorism, wars– threaten the security and sustainability of our world; and we are the biggest stakeholders in its consequences. It is imperative to free ourselves from the shackles of slumber and embrace the future in all its glory and splendour. When millions lack the essentials of life, peace becomes a sanction for continued suffering, and compromise a front for capitulation, passivity, and acceptance of injustice. This led anthropologist Laura Nader to criticize mediation for its willingness to “trade justice for harmony.” True peace requires justice and a dedication to satisfying basic human needs; otherwise it is merely the self-interest of the satisfied, the ruling clique, the oppressors, the victors in search of further spoils.

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

From the beginning, we fully divided up all our work, so that the each member could work in his own specialization. We carefully organized all the topics that we needed to cover and discussed this with our school social studies teachers. They gave us valuable input and we were able to come up with the basic requirements of our website within the first week of brainstorming. Our objective was to create a website which could be both informative as well as interactive and for this we consulted several eminent web designers and took their input. We were able to come up with an interactive format that promoted user involvement.

We constantly consulted the books on sociology, history, political science and Psychology. They provided an insight and also proved to be an initiation point for us to begin our research. As all the topics covered in our project are vital they belong to a large portion of our state curriculum. Especially, the topic of ‘TERRORISM’ has been widely discussed. All the teachers of the above mentioned subjects helped us in our search for information. We conducted extensive research by visiting libraries, interviewing experts; contacting NGO's and net browsing. As we broadened our scope, we learnt about the magnitude of the problem that we have tried to highlight in our website and this is the point where we came up with a name which effectively tells the world what our current status should be towards all the unruly elements which hinder the development of humanity and thus FIGHT IS ON was born. It was our endeavour to make all our vies bias free and we feel that we have met this objective as we have come to know that this is a universal problem and can only be erased if we join our hands and shape A NEW MORNING…a new era where people wage peace…and wars become a thing of the past!

Project Elements

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

We had access to the Internet through our 256kbps line downs at home and two Internet able workstations at school. Given our limitations of Internet connectivity, our coach converted his desktop into a local server running on apache and PHP to run a prototype of the website. We referred to various online sources regarding website concepts and finally chose the three tier system which was 'Front-end content', 'back-end community' and 'tertiary database' as our site-model. The Front-end was designed specifically in HTML, JAVA, CSS and Flash without any database connections because we learnt of the potential 'hack ability' and short term life of putting content on a database driven environment. Even though we were on a firewall and anti-virus protected server environment online we didn't want to take any chances. The front-end was designed using Macromedia Studio MX and Adobe Suite for both hard coded scripts and graphic designing. The drop down navigation elements were constructed using CSS style sheets which two members of the team spent an extensive amount of time on, to learn. The backend community was to be the heart of our website. To make this we had be a little faster at connectivity so we have saved the thing in a text file and retrieve it as useful. Everything on the community is constructed from open source PHP scripts at Uniserver we used as it operates PHP 4, HTML, JAVA, CSS, FLASH & language packs. To hold users interests in the website for discuss the topics put in the front-end, we setup a fully modular portal, an internet links directory, a download center, an image gallery, a streaming audio jukebox for listening to peace-songs composed by the team. Ability to sketch in every post a member makes allows graphical representation of ideas and a quotes display which runs off the database filled with quotes was uploaded. A full Chat room completely integrated into the IPB database with log storage. The tertiary database is a singular TEXTFILE database that makes it easier to use.

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

From the beginning of our project we knew that international security is a field, which involves the community. We conducted several workshops and competitions in our school, which enabled the students to voice their opinions on this sensitive issue. They also came up with slogans and posters which we have highlighted in our website. We talked with people of all strata’s of society and we were astonished to learn that even the cab drivers and people belonging to the lower class had an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the problems facing today’s world. We incorporated all the suggestions that we got and tried our best to create an unbiased version of all the descriptions and solutions.

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

Everybody is obsessed with himself and what he can amass. But they don’t know that the kudrat (i.e. Nature) is running the world, not them. By MahaPrasad (common man) Startled……words are forming but silence. We could see the impact of our work in the form of Goosebumps. Wandering minds. In courage, fear, suggestion, surrender. Remembrance of things past, yet to be. Shifting. Rooms. Feeling. Home. Work. Season. The earth. Curtains. Borders. 20000 dead. 50000 dead. May be 80000 dead. Watching. Raising tides. In a few hours dusk. Shifting shadows. Shifting sand. The sun. Moon. May we rest in peace.

Life for the price of peace. Bullets flying, no conviction. Ice. Fire. Veiled threat in darkness, nothing direct. Subtraction. Then there is hope. In time. Space. Layer upon layer on peace. In awareness, heart beats wild. There is movement too, as ocean drown. Signs of a new beginning, rainbow filter, Melody divine. Original Face in deep breath, eyes full of tears. In Joy. warmth. Fragrance of scented city. ____,____, burning bright in the forest of the night. Today’s news _A fresh moon in water.

We could solve our basic questions of what, why and how with the help of our teachers and volunteers. We started as a team of four people but by then end of the project we are more than fifty people volunteering for the cause. Consciousness.

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

Defenceless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame.

Relation. Help. Involvement. Feeling. Cohesiveness. Unity. Everyone feels the pain. A Step forward. Proud to be a part of such project. People from our community and youngsters volunteered. Interviewing common people like MahaPrasad and pop corn seller revealed the awareness. Conducting interschool competitions like poster making, Article writing, slogan writing etc, helped us to know the agony of everyone about terrorism. People could share. Newspaper seller helped us in finding necessary articles. He became so interested that as soon as he used to finish his work, he used to work for us. Library became, rather librarian became a volunteer and helped us finding books and necessary information.

Our basic motto was to generate awareness among common masses and people who can actually contribute for the cause. It was necessary for the majority (common people) to react, rather than politicians. Our special guides Mrs. Grace Pinto and our Chairman Mr. A.F. Pinto tried to fill the void.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

It exposed us to the common rural life of India. We Became Aware about the atrocities commited on poor and religious minorities. We viewed terrorism as a global issue for the first time. Our minds wondering. A need.


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