CyberFair Project ID: 8583

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Build an International Bridge with Love and Contribution
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Taipei Municipal Shilin Junior High school
    Taipei, , Taiwan

9 students, ages 14-15 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 10, 2021. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2018?2019?2020

Classes and Teachers: Shih Kuan-Chou, Huang I-Yu, LU I-Fang

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Taiwan, as a small island, lies in the western Pacific Ocean, To the west is the Taiwan Formosa Strait, which separates Taiwan from the Chinese mainland. As to Taiwan’s climate, it is mostly subtropical. Taiwan has many indigenous species and every year, the warm currents bring us plenty of fish. Also, with a variety of local unique cultures, Taiwan is an ideal destination for international travelers. Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is the largest city and many government organizations are located here. For people living in Taipei, they have easy access to all kinds of public transportation including metro. Our school is located in Shilin District of Taipei City, and we have Shilin Night Market, National Place Museum, Taipei Children’s Amusement Park, Taipei Astronomical Museum, and Science Museum nearby.

2. Summary of Our Project

Since we got into junior high, we have been encouraged to take part in all kinds of voluntary work. Because of the precious experience, we enrich our learning outside the classroom and make contribution to our community. Thus, we are getting more and more interested in voluntary work. Once luckily we had a chance to interview Vivianna Lin, who used to work as a volunteer in a a children’s home in Eswatini, and we also listened to her speech. From the interview and speech, we get to know how Vivianna’s dream of working as an international volunteer in Eswatini came into shape. Being enlightened by her contribution to homeless kids in Eswatini, we start collecting voluntary work information, join the charity sale, interview the staff from Youth Development Administration and invite Taiwan Starlight Charity Association to have a fundraiser at our school fair. Through these activities, we have an insight of international voluntary work and its influence. Our members in this project also seize the chance to work as volunteers in school, reception in Taipei Astronomical Museum, recycling drop-off stations and community clean-ups. We hope that we can make a difference in the world through voluntary work.

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

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

Our school lab provides computers and internet for us to search for information on the topic. On holidays, we use our computers at home to organize materials. Line, Facebook, and emails are useful and time-saving media for our teamwork.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The biggest challenge we had was how to squeeze the project in our tight schedule. To attend some seminars and interviews scheduled during school days, we inevitably missed some classes at school. Therefore, we had to make up the time on our own. Besides, in order to collect information, we had to visit somewhere or interview someone on weekends. However, it was not easy to set a time that worked for everybody. Also, because of COVID-19, our parents didn’t feel safe to let us visit public places. Other challenges were like how to digest, organize and type in tons of information we collected. Another thing that made us disappointed was that kids in Eswatini originally planned to hold an exhibition of their art works here in Taiwan. However, the event was cancelled because of the pandemic. But in the end, we had a video conference instead so that we could meet each other on line. Before the on-line conference, our project members spent some time working on our self-introduction in English. To be honest, it was not easy for us because some of us didn’t feel confident speaking English.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Through interviewing Vivianna Lin and the staff from Youth Development Administration, we gain a deeper understanding of voluntary work and Africa. We are surprised to find out that there are so many young Taiwanese working as volunteers abroad and they are now making effort to make a difference in this world. They are our role models and we hope some day we can be like them doing something meaningful with love and contribution.

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

1.Language art field: While facing large clutter of information, we need to keep a record of what we read, identify the main idea and organize our writing. Before the interview, we prepared questions. To talk to kids in Eswatini on the video conference, we practiced introducing ourselves in English. 2.Math field: On our school birthday, we did a survey. After we had our questionnaires back, we made data ananlysis and used Excel to present our results with charts and graphs. 3.Social Studies field: We googled Eswatini and learned a lot about its location, climate, people, culture and so on. We also spent time working as volunteers in our school and community. 4.Integrated activity field: Doing our research on volunteers abroad leads us to know more about ourselves. We start to ask ourselves what we are capable of and good at and we now give a real thought about our future. 5.Art and Humanity field: Our interviewee, Vivianna, is the co-founder of an art education program in Eswatini. The goal of this program is to help kids in Eswatini to ease anxiety, build confidence and also trigger their potentials through painting. Due to this project, we got to watch these kids’ paintings, and in return, we made self-introduction videos showing them our paintings. At our school fair, we also made posters to introduce voluntary work and Taiwan Starlight Charity Association, which was established later on by the founders of the kid’s art education in Africa. The poster design allowed us to put our art skills and creativity in use.

Project Elements

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

Our school provide almost all of the tools we need for this project, like computers, a digital camera, a video recorder, a printer, a scanner, etc. Computers and the internet are the most valuable tools for us because we used these tools and authorized software to organize documents and films and make the web page for our project. We also used smartphones to make appointments with interviewees and other people. In addition, the digital camera and the video recorder are quite useful because they captured valuable moments of the investigation.

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

Besides interviewing Vivianna Lin and listening to her speeches on voluntary work, we spent our school club time working on this volunteer project. In order to let more people know about voluntary work, we planned to put out posters at school fair. To make these posters, we divided our members into different groups. Some students searched for information and photos; others were in charge of the poster design. We wanted to introduce voluntary work, Eswatini and Taiwan Starlight Charity Association through posters. At school fair, we also gave out questionnnaires to find out what people thought about volunteer work. More than that, we invited people from the association to set up a stand at our school fair. They did hand paintings and sold art handcrafts at the stand. For spreading out the idea of voluntary work on line, we made a website to share information about what voluntary work is and what influence it can make to the world.

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

What we gain from this project is that we know more about voluntary work and our diplomatic ally, Eswatini. On our school birthday, people from Taiwan Starlight Charity Association came all the way from Hsinchu to hold a charity sale at our school fair. Our posters were hung at the stand. What we did made people willing to come forward to learn more about this charity association and Eswatini and thus buy things at the stand. We think the charity sale, posters and questionnaires do raise public awareness of voluntary work.

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

First, we want to thank the people who filled out the questionnaire for us. And another big thank goes to our principal, who provided us many little prizes for people who filled out the questionnaire. Besides, people from Taiwan Starlight Charity Association raised some money by doing hand paintings and selling postcards and notebooks made by kids in Eswatini at school fair. And all the profit went straightly to the money for kids in Africa. What’s more, the division chief from Youth Development Administration held a seminar at our school. He gave us a more detailed introduction of their volunteer abroad funding program and shared many great touching stories from their program’s volunteers.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

After joining this project, we started to know more about Eswatini. We used to picture Eswatini as a very poor country. However, it surprised us to find out that actually people there have tap water and they even take a shower two times a day. By interviewing Vivianna Lin, we discover that there are still many obstacles to overcome when it comes to carry out the art education in children shelters in Africa. Problems are like the difficulty of teaching kids at different ages and lack of art supplies. Meanwhile, English proficiency is another big challenge for volunteers themselves. We hope in the near future, we may have a chance to visit Eswatini and we can work as volunteers to help people and make this world a better place to live in.


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