CyberFair Project ID: 6079

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Losheng community school~A paradise for children
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Tou-Cian Junior High school
    XinZhuang City, Taipei County, Taiwan

5 students, ages 13-14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 10, 2010. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2003, 2006

Classes and Teachers: 3

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Losheng is a hospital for lepers' patients, which located in Xin-Zhuang City, Taipei County, Taiwan. Losheng sanatorium was built in 1930 by Japanese colonial government. It is the only government-run leprosy institution which provides acute and long-term care exclusively for the patients with leprosy. Compulsory segregation in Losheng sanatorium was executed to control leprosy until 1962. The World Health Organization(WHO) also formed 'Leprosy: A Fresh New Face! Easy to Cure, Hard to Catch!' Now the disease has good medicine for treatment and extremely low chance of infection, however, many people still don't understand it. However, due to the construction of the Taipei Mass Rapid Transportation, many buildings in the sanatorium were forced to be removed and the residents are asked to dislocate to somewhere else. Although the government built a new hospital around the site for the residents, still, many people would rather stay in the original place.

Many students, urban planners and NGO tried to save the sanatorium because of its cultural value and its historical background. After sixth years of efforts, they finally got some positive response from the government who reconsidered to reserve part of Losheng sanatorium as historical relic site. The authorities had passed Losheng as the historical site for public healthy, architecture, and human rights..etc. In the actions of saving Losheng, the Youth Alliance stand with Losheng residents all the time in an attempt to fight for the human rights and eligible interest. From the summer vacation in 2007, they established the Losheng summer camp. Now it had developed and become the Losheng community school. They hope to attract people and children to walk into the sanatorium as more as possible in learning these dynamic programs. At the same time, they wish to bring more educational resources to the neighboring area and encourage more inspiration.

2. Summary of Our Project

The two characters 'Lo-sheng' means 'happy life'. Losheng is an important memory of many local inhabitants who lived in Hui-Long area of Xin-Zhuang City, Taipei County, Taiwan. There are many touching stories about the patients who strongly faced their lives. There's not only abundant history and natural resources within, but also an important treasure for local development, teaching and entertainment.

Teachers are volunteer workers from many universities. Some of them are also members of the Youth Alliance. They united for actions to save Losheng sanatorium and the living rights of Losheng sanatorium. Meanwhile, in 2007, they had also been offering different kinds of curriculums and programs in this elegant and historical building every weekend. In the process of actions, they realized that only to open the door and walk into the crowd can make people have better understanding about Losheng. In doing so, perhaps there's a chance for people to come here for participation and a higher possibility to take part in further actions, such as the planning and designing of the cultural district. Furthermore, to acknowledge this place and to reserve it and make it a public space for the neighbors.

School offered many programs and summer camps two to three years ago. These activities are getting positive feedbacks from the participants; the numbers of students grows from thirty to hundreds in a short time. Mostly is because its diverse programs and low charge. Up till now, there are twenty eight different courses and up to 200 families are getting involved. After two years of efforts, many families walk into Losheng sanatorium and have more detail understanding about its history. Most of all, these people really open their hearts and embrace it.

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:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. The pressure from schoolwork: When conducting the project, we also need to work hard on our school work. We need to use our time wisely and keep the promise to our parents that CyberFair won't cause bad effect on our grades. We have to meet every Wednesday at noon to discuss our progress, search for information. We used google sites to upload our research and communicate each other.

2. Interviews: So we arrange visits to get first hand information. But, we never have any experience of visiting people. After several times of practice, now we can handle better and conduct an interview by chatting. In fact, they are so fairly kind persons.

3. Creat web pages: We don't have enough techniques on computer. We asked our computer teacher for help, and divide ourselves into groups. We spent lots of time to keyin datas of interview, making graphics and shortfilms. Fortunately, all problems were solved smoothly.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

The more we know, the more we love this place. We hope our project and web pages can be known by the power of internet. This place is really a forgotten and beautiful paradise for everyone.

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

This project makes us understand many things besides textbook and we know more about Hansen's disease, dorm of Losheng, community school and understand Losheng's history and events. In addition, we also attend the activity of the experience of disabled persons. To experience residents' problem of how to drink water, wear clothes and walk by using a stick and to understand inconvenient at their lives. Besides, we also learned how to interview people. We really can't learn these things at school.

Project Elements

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

1. Computer and Internet: (1)Browser: information gathering, and comment. (2)Google-sites: communicating each other. (3) E-mail: contacting and noticing. 2. Digital camera, digital video and digital voice recorder: Recording voices of interview, Visiting and working photos and videos, used as website creation. 3. Computer software: Microsoft Office, Macromedia dreamweaver, fireworks, Corel PhotoImpact X3, Powerdirector etc. Our desktop PC's operating system is Windows-XP. 4. USB Flash drive, DVD: Store, copy and backup data.

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

Our instructor help us contact community schools' teachers and volunteer workers. Also, we interview them and get the first hand data about the Losheng nowadays. We hope our project and web sites can make more and more people know about Losheng rather than misunderstanding these residents'. To understand the residents' life, we also participate the activity of the diabled persons' experience and antique market. We record it in details and hope everyone can know this unforgotten paradise.

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

Joining this project let us know more about Losheng and Losheng community school. When we walk out of the classroom to learn, we can learn more useful knowledge. We also found many people, NGO team and Youth Alliance help these residents' all the time. That makes us feel touched. In the process of research, we also learn the power of teamwork. Human can't live without others. Many things must be worked together. Thangs to many people, volunteers and teachers for helping us with the interview. We really can't make this project come true without them. We also hoped more and more people could know this touching place.

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

In the beginning, we know about Losheng from teacher introduction and the Internet. In the process of visiting Losheng, we met many volunteers who were enthusiastic and willing to accept our interview. They supplied many contents about Losheng and we turned them into webpages. We also visited residents. Talking with them is a joyful thing. Although the construction of MRT were continuing, they were still optimistic and welcomed us. To know more about residents' living, we took part in the Experience of disabled activity and the second hand sale were planned by volunteers of Losheng. After participating it, we learned more and felt touched.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

When we walked in the community school, it made me feel fresh. Though there were some shabby buildings, however, we feel it's a nice place. Despite the residents are disabled people, they are all very nice to us. This place has everything that we lack around us, the big trees, the green land and the nice people. In the period of time, we've learned a lot of knowledge about the leprosy's disease and the historical background of the sanatorium. From the interview, we also feel the frustration and neglect they have suffered. For those old residents who have considered this place as their home, it is really a sad thing to see their own home being tear down and forced to leave their beloved homeland. We all hope that Losheng could get more recognition. More and more people could visit our websites and know more about this beautiful paradise.


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