CyberFair Project ID: 7596

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Local - globally, that’s we in PAH
Category: 3. Business and Community Organizations

School: Gimnazjum nr10
    Gliwice, Upper Silesia, Poland

10 students, ages 14-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2013. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2009

Classes and Teachers: Grazyna Mietus, Marta Jedryka-Plesinska, Barbara Daniel, Joanna Zadeberny, classes 2A, 3A, 3B

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Gliwice is a city located in southern Poland, Eastern Europe. The town was founded in the mid-thirteenth century. It is known for Gliwice Radiostation - the place of Nazi provocation that would justify the invasion of Germany against Poland on 1st September 1939. The most important event in the history of Gliwice in recent years was a visit of Pope John Paul II in June 1999. Gliwice is a centre of technical thought - there is Silesian University of Technology, one of the three largest in Poland, many scientific institutions and design offices. Gliwice attracts visitors to see Old Town, museums, Palm House, Musical Theatre. This town has more than 180 thousand inhabitants, it is an important industrial, scientific and cultural centre, as well as a large hub.

2. Summary of Our Project

The project is carried out by 10 students, aged 14-16. Students work together in order to fulfill the project CyberFair in the school year 2012/2013. Our school is participating in the project CyberFair for the second time. The selected category: Business and Community Organizations. Description of the classes and teachers: Polish Language - Mrs Grazyna Mietus, Mrs Marta Jedryka – Plesinska, English Language - Mrs Barbara Daniel, Mrs Joanna Zadeberny Classes that participate in the project: 2a, 3a, 3b. The topic of our project is: “Local - globally, that’s we in PAH”. The mission of Polish Humanitarian Action is to make the world a better place by reducing suffering and promoting humanitarian values. We want to have a real impact on these changes, and the guiding principle of PAH is the effective action with respect for human dignity. PAH activity includes development and humanitarian assistance around the world, and in this work we aim to involve local communities actively. Through the commitment of our staff and volunteers, we make sure that the aid will be long and stable.

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:not sure

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

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

There is at least one computer in every classroom with Internet access. Our school has also got two big Information Technology classrooms with 10 –12 computers and Internet access. There are also 4 workstations in the school library

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We took part in the competition CyberFair for the second time. Our first time happened in 2009. Students who joined the project were from different classes, guided by different teachers. The first difficulty was related to the coordination of teachers and students. The use of e-mail was very helpful in solving this problem, which gave us the opportunity to the rapid exchange of ideas and work effects. A further complication was associated with a small number of people - translators. Some students withdrew. We had to find a replacement quickly. Another problem was related to the technical issues when answers had to be written to the fields on the Cyber Project.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

The participation in the International Project Cyber Fair is very important to us. A lot of people around the world can learn about our work, we hope that the problem of poverty will be taken up in other parts of the world and therefore we make the world a better place.

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

The participation of our students in the actions of the Polish Humanitarian Action goes far beyond the task of school. Young people are prepared to live in a society, as well to the development of humanitarian attitudes. The participation in the Project CyberFair is consistent with the standards of the Polish education, as the main focus in education is on learning skills in ICT and the project Cyber Fair strongly promotes the development of these skills.

Project Elements

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

Our most valuable tools were: computers, the Internet, interviews. We used software: Microsoft Word to edit the information, MS Outlook Express to send and receive mail, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Internet search engines to search and browse the Internet resources such as dictionaries and encyclopedias, Kompozer to design our website and sometimes we used Windows Notepad to improve HTML, Macromedia Flash MX to design computer animations and presentations, MS Photo Editor and Corel Draw to process the image, digital camera. It should be noted that our school has a fully-equipped computers, so we had no problems in finding the necessary tools. To achieve our Cyber Fair project we used: 6 PC Intel Core i5 3,33 GHz, computers, home computers of teachers and students, printers, scanners, telephones, the Internet, as well as oral interviews. Most of the tools were available at our school.

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

While working on the project the students were involved in many local campaigns organized by the City Council of Gliwice, Sports Club 'Piast' in Gliwice, conferences of Polish Humanitarian Organization in Warsaw - the Polish capital. All our students, as well as a branch of the Polish Humanitarian Action responsible for contacts with schools were informed about joining the project CyberFair. Many parents joined the project by helping in the organization of various events such as environmental and outgoing. The students of our school are involved in global and humanitarian education classes for many years.

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

This project expands the knowledge of many people about climate change and ways to reduce the poverty, it is mindful of the needs of vulnerable people affected by natural disasters, teaches empathy, respect for the dignity of every human being, especially women, children, refugees and repatriates. It encourages to make changes in their lives, to improve the quality of life for vulnerable people, to engage in humanitarian actions. It is the promotion of our city and promotes our school in the community. The project is also to show young people how much they can do good for others when they act together. We could inform about the project a lot of people, thanks to ICT - through the website, e-mail.

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

All those who helped us in organizing various activities of global and humanitarian education clubs, festivals, sports competitions. We are very grateful to Ms. Janina Ochojska for giving our school Global School Certificate, as one of the first schools in Poland,. Below are our teachers who were in charge of the project: Mrs. Barbara Daniel and Mrs. Joanna Zadeberny - English teachers who worked on the publication of the texts in English and checked the students translation, Mrs.Barbara Daniel was also responsible for contacts with the organizers of the project CyberFair 2013, Ms. Marta Jedryka - Plesinska who has been the guardian of Circle School Global Education and Humanitarian Affairs for 8 years, Mrs. Grazyna Mietus - Polish teacher who was our consultant in the preparation of the project in their native language, checked and improved student texts in the Polish version.


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