CyberFair Project ID: 4928

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Can you return my childhood?
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: St. Lawrence High School
    Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

4 students, ages 13-14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 13, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): -

Classes and Teachers: Siddharth, Ninad, Chintan, Kushal, Mr. Praful Sahu(Teacher)

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team


Fueled by the desire to make over global village a better place to live in with happiness, justice and dignity particularly for the children, Siddharth, Kushal, Chintan and Ninad worked on this project for two months.

Siddharth, 13 who wants to be a cyber crime, is our Web Master. His extensive collection of data from electronic and print media provided a lot of relevant data for the project.

Ninad, 13 helped us in analysing the data and collecting the required photographs for the project. He wants to be an Air Force pilot.

Chintan, 13 who wants to become a computer engineer from the Indian institute of technology, worked as the editor. After going through volumes of paper, he made our final draft for the website.

Kushal, 13 is our data manager. He took the responsibility of compiling the data collected by the team. He aims at the sky to become an aeronautical engineer. Mr. Praful Sahu, who enjoys working on new projects as much as we, guided us at every stage of our project.

2. Summary of Our Project

Children are our future. Children who are out of school or living in poverty, or working as labourers or who are orphans, and who are physically abused receive attention. But children who are put behind bar doors remain in dark during their imprisonment and even after that.

After prolonged trials in the courts, many children are acquitted but they live with the stigma forever. It is difficult for them to lead a normal life after loosing the formative childhood years in the jails and being subjected to sexual abuse, physical and mental torture.

Every child has a right to enjoy his childhood. How can we deprive them from their childhood? There is a need to reform and correct them rather than thinking about their retribution. There is a need to set up fast track juvenile courts so that cases are disposed off in a time bound period of short duration. Children should be imprisoned for the least possible period and that should be taken as the last resort.

Through our website, we would like the criminologists and sociologists to make further scientific study on this area to bring the attention of the world community and all the governments in the world, the need of bringing reform to the juvenile justice system to make the life of our unfortunate brethren a better one.


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:not sure

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Knowing that our project will be a difficult one, we decided to take up this project as we sincerely felt that there was a need to bring reform in the juvenile justice system and save the childhood of unfortunate children of our age.

It was difficult to collect data relevant to the project. We overcame that problem by taking the help of various organizations: Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Bureau of justice USA and taking the help of various sociologists and criminologists.

It was very shocking, disturbing and embarrassing for us to discuss and read reports particularly about sexual abuse of the children in the jails.

Our school calendar is packed with extra curricular activities and examinations. Besides that we have homework assignments and science projects to complete in time. We had to work overtime to complete this project. By presenting our project to the parents of our school and with the initiative of our principal we generated fund required for the registration uploading of the website. Designing of the website was a stupendous task. We had to learn the technical novices of designing the website and make use of different software which we did for the first time. Of course the gratification we have now after the successful completion of the project overshadows the ordeal that we had during the project work.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our project has enhanced our learning experiences and our outlook towards the world and the children in particular. We have realised that how much insignificant you may be, you can make difference to the world by making it a better place to live in. You can also shake the conscience of the mighty and the powerful one by successful presentation of your work.

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

Our project helped us understand human rights and their violation discussed in the course books of the secondary schools. Students also visited our website to understand juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice system. This project will also promote sociological research. Our project inspired others to transact the curriculum in more innovative ways. It made us understand that children are same all over the world and so are their sufferings.

Project Elements

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

We collected data from various sources: newspapers, books, magazines and Internet. We relied on email to send ideas to one another for the website and to co-ordinate our work. We used digital camera, scanner, computers to store information and photographs required for the project. We used Macromedia Flash MX for crating the Flash into presentation. Abode Photoshop was used for the photos and FrontPage for the website.

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

We really worked as true spokespersons of our project. We emailed our research websites to fellow students to make them aware of our project. We have written articles on our project to be published in our school newsletter, which reaches to more than five thousand students and their parents. We are also publishing articles on relating to our topic in the national dailies like the ‘Times of India’ and the ‘DNA”. In our school parliament we brought a bill dealing with correction of juveniles. We have also requested the organisers of Indian Model United Nations to include our topic in the agenda to be discussed in the Mode United Nations 2007. We have also sent articles on our research to various journals.

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

Our project will sensitise the society to the problems of the innocent children languishing in jails. We hope our project will draw the attention of the legislators, the police and the judiciary to the violation of human rights of the children. The students of our school have been now aware of their rights and will definitely protest against their violation. They will definitely be more compassionate towards the children in jails. Everyone will certainly think of ensuring a dignified life to our children.

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

We invited the parents of our school and presented our work on this project. Parents volunteered to bear the expenses involved in making this project. Libraries in our city lent us the books required for our project. Local newspapers and magazines have also helped us in covering our work on Doors to Diplomacy. Our computer faculty helped us in designing the website. Our principal and supervisors helped us in coordinating with different newspapers, magazines and libraries.


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