CyberFair Project ID: 8483

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Gender Equality and Women Empowerment
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Lakshmipat Singhania Academy Bissau
    Churu, Rajasthan, India

10 students, ages 11 to 16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 18, 2019. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2017, 2018

Classes and Teachers: Teachers - Mr. Manoj Kandwal, Mr. J. P. Sharma, Mr. Vipin Dadheech, Ms. Kusum, Mr. Vikram Raghaw, Mr. S.C. Sharma, Ms. Rashmi Joshi, Mr. Jitendra, Classes - VII to XI

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our school is situated approximately 10 km away from Churu district and close to Bissau, a very small town of Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. Since our area is a part of the Thar Desert, so this dry land offers little possibility for agriculture & farming but it has a rich heritage of ancient ‘Havelies and Frescos’. That’s why the main occupation of people of Shekhawai region is business. The trend of settling down abroad in search of employment is also very prevalent amongst locals. Bissau presents a perfect blend of multi-cultural communities living together in harmony. The major two communities of this area are Hindus and Muslims. The lives of people are free from any kind of pomp and show of metropolitan cities. In terms of status of women, there is not much difference in both the communities. For generations women are strictly associated to household chores. Their contribution in the outside world is almost nil. Inspite of this rigid division of their roles, some brave women like Ms. Poonam Gupta (Social Worker and Business Women), Dr Lakshmi Sharma (Principal), Ms. Rehana Riyaz(Politician), Ms. Archana Bhardwaj (Administrative Officer), Mr. Rajendra Rathor (Politician) etc went against the wind and have acquired a significant position in the society.

2. Summary of Our Project

Gender equality and women empowerment are excessively talked about topics in the whole world and especially in Indian society. When it comes to Shekhawati region, we find this issue irrelevant, insignificant and a matter which is prohibited to be discussed upon and raised amongst common mass. Shekhawati for generations have been a patriarchal society and discrimination against women is part of this culture. In this fast pacing and progressive modern era too, expecting gender equality is a myth in our region where birth of baby girl is considered as bane and foeticide, abandoning girl child are very common practices. Girls here are deprived of their right to education. Consequently the data showing sex ratio of this region is very dismal and disheartening. Despite these odds, women of Shekhawati are exclusively known for their grit and determination. Inspiring stories of such women have been focused upon in our project to create awareness amongst people about gender equality. Our project highlights tribulations and troubles of women of this area and showcases the achievements of some successful women of Shekhawati region who have acclaimed national and international fame, all because of their outstanding talent and undying spirit to fight with oppressive rituals and traditions.

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:4-6

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

The computer and internet facilities are very good. A lease line has been procured for the whole school with speed of 100 Kbps. The school campus is WiFi enabled and access given to all staff and students working on projects.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

A. Age old social rituals and traditions:- As per the belief of locals, women are supposed to keep themselves locked inside the house and if they come in front of strangers and elders of their house they must veil their faces. In this scenario, it was very difficult for us to strike up a conversation with them about the problems and hardships which they suffer from in their day to day life. Wherever we succeeded in making them speak about gender inequality and lack of opportunity to attain education, we found them in surrendered position or rather supportive to all the restrictions imposed on to them. This thinking of women about themselves is responsible for the male chauvinism. B. Time constraints:- Ours is a day school which runs for specific hours and we the students are not residing at one place, instead many of us are from different villages. So, it was nearly impossible for us to meet after school hours to work upon the project together. In the school, we have to attend our lectures. So it was an uphill task to meet and discuss about project and share our ideas within a very short span of time. C. Interviewing torch bearers of Shekhawati region:- The eye opener task for the people who underrate women and their capabilities was to make them aware about the achievement list of those indomitable and courageous Shekhawati women who are pioneers in their fields. But it was not so easy as to say. We couldn’t meet some of them personally as they don’t belong to our town and city so, we had to contact them on phone or we had a talk with the people concerned to them.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our project gender equality and women empowerment aims at removing biased behaviour and mentality of Shekhawati people towards women and this goal has been substantially supported with success stories and direct interviews of many women of this region who have proved themselves dynamic, vibrant, sincere and perfect in almost all the fields ranging from sports to politics and many more.

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

Being a team member of this cyber fair project is like unlocking the door of new horizons of learning. The first learning was to come across with minute complexities and intricacies of technological world. Apart from internet and technology, the research work of this project encompassed a wide variety of other subjects’ knowledge like English, History, Geography, General Knowledge and effective public speaking and communication skills. This project also taught us how to make survey reports. The learning through real life experiences is the most riveting aspect of this project.

Project Elements

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

The information tools ranged from Smart Phones, Cameras, Video Recorders, Computers, Tablets and personal interviews. We even interviewed the audiences and collected information. Softwares like Sublime Text, VSDC Video Editor, MS Office, Movie Maker etc have been used extensively.

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

The cyber fair project is not just a project to us, it is a mission to attain gender equality and women empowerment not only in words but in actions too in Shekhawati region. We as a team enthusiastically got involved in the whole task and contacted people of our city, nearby towns and villages to apprise them of the main aim of our project. We also had personal and telephonic interviews of renowned personalities (women) of this area so as to make people understand the strength and importance of women in nation building. We also used different events of our school like debates, essay writing competition, assemblies and PTMs as a medium to talk about our project and influence people to the extent that they advocate equal rights and opportunity to women in every field.

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

Some social and cultural practices are so deeply rooted that rationality is curtained behind them. The same is the case with gender inequality. We school children were brimming with the idea of awakening Shekhawati women and men from their slumber and understand the vital role of women in society with the help of campaigns and rallies. We also decided to visit homes in Bissau, Churu, Ramgarh and nearby villages personally. Initially at many places it was difficult to make women speak about themselves, their right to education and their dreams which if they share can be supported in all respects by many government schemes. But we were very happy to see the impact of our talks and our data about various Shekhawati women who have reached to the pinnacle. Men and women equally were not only ready to listen to us, but they assured us to provide all the facilities to their daughters so that they can move ahead. We met with government officials and politicians to begin afresh with the campaign of educating women about different government schemes for their welfare and fortunately we received a very positive reply with an assurance to kick start the campaign as soon as it is possible.

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

When we were chosen to work upon this project we were very glad and felt privileged. Every one of us worked tirelessly to become a small part in this noble cause of giving a concrete shape to gender equality in our region. Our teachers were very supportive and made it possible for us to have interaction with influential ladies who can be a role model for other girls of Shekhawati region. Media also reposed full faith in our efforts and supported our endeavours in every possible way. Local police and administrative officials were also very cordial and extended their cooperation in organising rallies and awareness campaigns at different places.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Being the children of a co-ed school, we never expected the kind of discrimination women had to suffer from cradle to grave. When in search of facts about gender inequality we explored data in Shekhawati region, we found that the records pertaining to sex ratio and literacy rate amongst women revealed startling facts. According to census 2011 a decrease has been marked in the sex ratio in some of the district of Shekhawati which put a question mark on the efforts of government and so called progressive mentality of society towards women.


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