CyberFair Project ID: 8711

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Lawang Sewu: A Thousand Doors Worth Visiting
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: Sekolah Ciputra Kasih Semarang
    Semarang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia

3 students, ages 15-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2024. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2023

Classes and Teachers: Rosiana Priharsanti

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

We are the students of Ciputra Kasih School in Semarang, Indonesia. Mr. Ciputra built our school in memorial as the founder of Indonesia Entrepreneurship education curriculum which is applied in our school. There are 10 school branches all over Indonesia. Those who were part of creating this website were students in grades 8 and 10 in the general term of 10-17 years.

2. Summary of Our Project

One of the colonial buildings that is now also an icon of Semarang City is the Nederlands-Indische Spoorweg (NIS) office or now commonly called Lawang Sewu. Lawang Sewu is a building located at the southern end of Jalan Pemuda Semarang, right at the Tugu Muda roundabout. The building is called Lawang Sewu, which in Javanese means 'One Thousand Doors', due to its large number of doors. After NIS, Lawang Sewu was the office of DKARI (Djawatan Kereta Api Repoeblik Indonesia), Diponegoro Kodam Office, Regional Office of the Ministry of Transportation until now it is again managed by PT. Kereta Api Indonesia and became a museum. Lawang Sewu's colonial architectural features can be clearly seen when we pass through the Tugu Muda roundabout, precisely at the end of Jalan Pemuda Semarang. Today, Lawang Sewu is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city of Semarang. Aside from being a museum, Lawang Sewu can also be used as a pre-wedding photo location, exhibition venue, or a community meeting location. Becoming our duty as the nation's youth in the future to be able to continue to preserve historical buildings such as Lawang Sewu so that they can be a legacy for life to come.

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:2-3

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

One of the problems we need to address is time management as we have our own assignments to finish. Another problem was that we were unable to visit Lawang Sewu due to time constraints. To overcome this, we worked together to look up information on Lawang Sewu using the many resources available at the school. Initially, developing this website presented difficulties due to our lack of technological skills. But we can overcome this as long as we practice.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Lawang Sewu is a popular recreational area in Semarang, and the project will improve our knowledge of historical landmarks. We want to introduce Lawang Sewu to make it more recognizeable and invite people to visit Lawang Sewu. By traveling to historical sites, we contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage. Through our involvement and visits, we are indirectly helping to maintain and preserve the cultural treasures that already exist.

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

This project and research collaboration between several relevant subjects, such as journalism interest groups, computer classes, and social studies courses, particularly in history, it has resulted in this initiative and research. The National Independent Learning curriculum is used at our school in conjunction with the entrepreneurial curriculum. In the entrepreneurship program, we learn how to generate useful, unique, and creative ideas. In order to preserve historical landmarks in Semarang, Indonesia, we created a website and spread the word about our efforts online. We think that content published online will be viewed, read, and shared by a larger audience than content published in print media, such as books, posters, or other restricted access publications. This website's creation will make the public aware of one.

Project Elements

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

A. Email and mobile phone: For communication within the team, material sharing, snapping pictures using the phone's camera, and making calls. B. Internet: Using the internet to download content, post data, look up complete information, and arrange it in a systematic way. C. Computer: For organizing materials and designing web pages. D. Library: Borrowing and reading books. E. Software for computers: Microsoft Office, Google Scholar, and the Google Site.

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

After the website was completed, we visited each class to personally promote it and talk about our experiences in research and exploration. In addition, we use the website to systematically introduce Lawang Sewu. The intention is for other students to gain more knowledge about Indonesia's historical structures, especially those in Semarang, and the maintenance and conservation practices used for them. We also post links to our website on our personal and school Instagram accounts, to encourage as many people as possible to visit and take an interest in our historical site. In addition, our website projects are featured in the monthly school magazine. We also let our community and families know about the events happening at our school.

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

This website will provide our community with additional information about Lawang Sewu as a source of Semarang railway history. Furthermore, we help the public understand about the history of the city's development by providing this website, which attracts more and more people to Lawang Sewu. In doing so, it will provide more beneficial economic assistance and encourage environmentally friendly travel. Understanding a place's historical history helps both locals and tourists understand its rich culture. This strengthens a sense of community and shared pride by fostering a sense of identification and connection to the region's past. Thus, visiting historical sites is an investment in preserving and appreciating the rich cultural legacy of the country.

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

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all individuals for their support during the creation process and for helping to make this website project possible. Teachers who provide advice and support in arranging resources, ideas, and information, as well as school administrators and our understanding parents. This improves our understanding of the historic structures in Lawang Sewu. Additionally, we would like to express our gratitude to every student who worked on this online project, engaged in discussions, and made ideas.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Even though our opinions are different, working together on this online project helped us build excellent collaborative skills. We gained additional knowledge about researching and reading Semarang's past. We were taught about the historical landmarks in Semarang, like Lawang Sewu, which are rich in significant historical data. We had the opportunity to discover a great deal of amazing and fascinating information about the place that we were previously unaware of. Lawang Sewu is a silent testament to the long history of the city of Semarang and is proof of the progress of civilization. Lawang Sewu's history reveals to us that the present comforts and technological achievements we take for granted are the result of over a millennium of experiments. In addition to the effort and sacrifice made.


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