CyberFair Project ID: 5098

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Terror trails
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Ryan International School
    Gurgaon, Haryana, India

4 students, ages 14-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 6, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005,2006

Classes and Teachers: Mrs. N. M. Parti, Ms. Lvanika Parti, Ankita, Apoorva, Karishma and Shivangi

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

With starry eyes and dreams in the living heart, we see the vision of world bond together with the threads of peace and tranquility.

Diverse in our attitudes, yet united in our dream, we joined hands to see our vision conceptualize.

Mrs. N. M. Parti, our primary coach, provided us with all her guidance and her never say die attitude inspired us to excel in our every endeavor.

Ms.Lvanika Parti, our assistant coach and a vivacious mentor, was always full of exuberant ideas and her presence motivated us to scale new heights.

Apoorva, 16, is never scared to take an initiative, for she believes that one can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

Karishma, 16, lives with the motto that “good, better, best, never let it rest; Make your good better and your better best” and tries to give her best at her every endeavor.

Shivangi, 15, is an intrepid artist who believes not in the word ‘impossible’, saying that even impossible says ‘I m possible’.

Ankita, 14, is a visionary who believes that personal discipline is the foundation for attaining perfection and individual perfection can make this world a better place to live.

With copious tasks such as writing content, deciding links, site layout, making interactive features, conducting interviews, case studies and many more, at hand, we divided our work in accordance with our abilities. Apoorva and Ankita compiled most of the text and case studies, owing to their creativity and flair for writing. Shivangi stepped forward when it came to conducting interviews, activities and editing and re- editing the text. Karishma did most of the web designing and ensured that there were no missing links.

Thus, with combined efforts and live hopes, we embarked on this journey of self-improvement and we sure have been successful.

2. Summary of Our Project

Violence begins in the minds of men; it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.

For this, we traced the footprints of terror to their beginning. The very seeds of violence are sown within an individual and it is the milieu around him that cultivates these seeds into the many manifestations of terror.

9/11 -WORLD TRADE CENTRE DEVASTATED, 12/13/2002 INDIAN PARLIAMENT HOUSE ATTACKED, 10/02/2005 BALI ATTACKED …… Day after day we read more reports of terrorist activities. And the picture which comes to our minds- men with rifles, guns, bombs, brutality and vengeance….but let us think again. There is more to crime and terrorism than just pure evil. Our clouded perception and short vision hinders our capability to look beyond the outer facade of ‘devil’ and find the human within.

Criminals are not born evil with an innate ‘talent’ for malice and spite. Their mind is a complicated creation, and is the product of its own time and place. This off- beam path is not a matter of choice but of consequence. Many factors, such as socio-economic status, upbringing, contribute to molding a terrorist. Often, they have had bitter experiences in their past which nurture feelings of revulsion in their hearts compelling them to seek retribution in the form of criminal acts. The people who turn towards terrorism for a religious cause are motivated overwhelmingly by religious beliefs, or at least, their interpretation of religious faith. Though seemingly absurd, people may also take up terrorism due to the lack of satisfying career options.

Treading this unknown path… terror leaves its trail…

And with every step comes a cry… I am innocence set ablaze…

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:2-3

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

During the making of the website, we encountered a number of problems primarily being related to the issue that was considered by us. It was an unconventional yet sensitive topic that required a lot of research before we could start writing the text of our website. The information provided by various search engines was not specific to our subject and thus we had to make visits to libraries, consult our coaches and our other school teachers, conduct interviews to authenticate our facts.

The second hurdle that we faced was regarding the decision of links that would constitute the website. Our topic was so vast and seemed to be interrelated to so many other social issues that it became hard for us to decide what to include and what not to.

Also, with all the members being in senior high school, the pressure of studies was immense and with exams round the corner, it became a harder task to cope and give our best to both the fields.

Moreover, during the making of the interactive links, all the members of the team were faced with a common problem of not being very well versed with the latest technologies that were required and thus we were compelled to attend several training sessions in order to make ourselves technically sound before the making of the website begun.

When walking through the valley of shadows, remember that shadow is cast by light…

In each of our problems, we saw a new ray of hope. And thus with an optimistic attitude, we took up these problems as challenges and were successful in surmounting them.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Violence begins in the minds of men and it is in the minds of men that defenses of peace must be constructed.

People say-‘rise above self and think of the world’, but our belief is that before we change the world, we must change our self. It is not in the world as a whole but in the individual mind that the sparks of violence have their origin. The seeds of rage, violence, aggression, are sown in the fertile soil of the human mind.

A mind filled with violent instincts is like a time bomb, ticking incessantly, waiting to explode any moment; and we must diffuse it before it is too late…

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

Our web-project was significant in making us realize the importance of being morally good citizens and highlighted the vitality of moral education, which was already a prominent subject in our curriculum. We apprehended that it was the need of the hour to encourage morality in our school and hence we persuaded our fellow students to adopt the road of honesty as well.

Our NCERT schoolbooks were of great help in our project. We often referred to them for definitions and information related to the United Nations and Terrorism.

This project introduced a great concept of ‘life-skill education’ in our school, which included various activities to overcome failure, sadness and depression. This concept was established in collaboration with VIMHANS- a rehabilitation institute. Anger management was the most remarkable branch of life-skill education as it comprised of activities to conquer anger. Our school embraced this concept with a lot of intensity.

The dream project of our school, ANUBHAV, played an integral role in educating and empowering the underprivileged of our society.

Many skills like group discussion, trust and teamwork were enhanced by the medium of various activities conducted in the teen camp. Various competitions were also held to bring out the creative best of the students.

Through this project we understood the value of doing right things at the right time. We realized that ineffective utilization of time could be hazardous and this made us rethink on the lines of time management, a concept our school is already well versed with.

Project Elements

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

Without the support of information tools and technologies, it would not have been possible to successfully complete our project. For gathering information, we visited the United Nations Information Centre and the Indian Council for Social and Historical Research and found the local and national newspapers the most reliable source to obtain updated facts and figures. In order to obtain in- depth knowledge of our case studies, we interviewed police officials and the villagers and family members of the accused. We also interviewed psychologists and educationists in order to understand the nature of young minds. We conducted various surveys to find out the common opinion on various issues.

Being a web based project, it became necessary to be acquainted with advanced technologies for the efficient construction of the website. We had access to two workstations with Windows XP at home and two workstations with Windows 2000 in school with Internet connection through a 64 kbps line. The main designing of the website was done in Macromedia Dreamweaver with other features like the introductory film and music done in Macromedia Flash, Power MP3 Cutter and Windows Movie Maker. HTML, Java and CSS were also used for the development of better web pages. Interactive features such as crosswords and quizzes were developed in Eclipse Crossword Maker 2006 and Visual Basic 6. The basic creation of the text was done in Windows Office XP and transferred using WinRAR and WinZip. Images, videos and audios were recorded using Sony DSC-T5 and Cannon digital cameras.

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

To have striven, to have made the effort, to be true to certain ideals, this alone is worth the struggle… and we as ambassadors of peace made a conscious effort to stand by our principles and move towards the goal of harmony.

We conducted a plethora of activities in our school to provide freedom of expression to students and to inculcate virtues like modesty and compassion. For this purpose, students were given an opportunity to pen down their views and it was a brilliant way of bringing out the thoughtful opinions of our critical batch mates. Also, a great concept of life skill education was established in our institution in acquainting students with anger management and activities to conquer anger.

To harness the uses of the Internet revolution, we wrote an online petition, calling for a tranquil and serene world. We floated questionnaires on the Internet, receiving enlightening responses and held meaningful discussions on online chat forums.

Our school launched “Anubhav”, a project for educating the underprivileged children in our society with the belief that dreaming dreams of an ideal world would be futile unless each and every adult of tomorrow is made literate and aware.

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

Having resolved to change ourselves, we also decided to extend our efforts to our peers and the community. Anger management workshops and life- skill education helped frenzied adolescents to cope up with today’s hectic lifestyle and backbreaking schedules. Conflict resolution and peaceful solution of predicaments became major objectives of such workshops and there were tangible as well as intangible benefits of our endeavors.

By the medium of online communities and petitions, we held meaningful discussions and debates and spread the message of peace.

‘Anubhav’, a school for the underprivileged, which was an initiative by our school to educate the deprived section of the society, was a very successful venture to spread awareness and reducing illiteracy in our community. Though we cannot claim a sea of a change in our society, we do believe that we have added a drop to the sea of change.

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die…

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

Only if you reach the boundary will the boundary recede before you. And if you don't, if you confine your efforts, the boundary will shrink to accommodate itself to your efforts. And you can only expand your capacities by working to the very limit. And that is why we felt the need to accommodate the ideas and perceptions of the people and involve our community in our efforts. We sought the feedbacks of people from different walks of life by floating questionnaires both on paper and online. A petition was formulated and we received immense support from several users of the internet. The students were also given an opportunity to pen down their views and express themselves and the opinions and ideas produced by these young intellectual minds added a new dimension to our website.

Many elderly from our society came forward to educate the underprivileged under the ‘Anubhav’ program of our school.

Several interviews with the common man and officials made us realize that every individual is diverse in their thoughts and it is necessary for us to explore every aspect in order to gain in-depth knowledge about an issue. We also got a lot of support from our friends and teachers who assisted us in our research work and are responsible for many creative ideas that have been inculcated in our website. We extend our gratitude to all those who have made an effort and have helped us in preceding our goal towards completion.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

As we researched relentlessly on various issues that plague the world, we discovered the many facets of life, which were left unseen. We realized that the world is not just what we perceive it to be, the reality is much harsh and cruel than our perception.

Have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind…

We noticed a change in the personalities of each one of us. We became more compassionate and thankful towards life and learnt to resolve our conflicts peacefully. Technology, which was the weak link, became our strength by the end of the project.


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