Doors to Diplomacy Project ID: 7071

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Peacekeeping Mission
Category: 5. International Security

School: Sichuan Province Cangxi County vocational high sch
    Cangxi, Sichuan, China

3 students, ages 17-18 worked together to complete this Doors to Diplomacy project on February 10, 2012. They have participated in Doors to Diplomacy in the following year(s): 2011

Classes and Teachers: Ma hongkai, Li wei,Cao ming, Wang wei

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Members: Li wei(17 years old), Wang wei(18 years old), Cao ming(18 years old). Three of us came together to participate in the special topic of this project, because we share a common interest, which is concerned with international events, due to this common goal we all came here. Our teachers and computer instructors gave us a lot of help, taught us how to find information, how to make webpages and so on. Our school leadership also guided us in how to write a report, how to research projects and gave us abudant of time and space. Instructors:Ma Hongkai Teacher Ma is our computer teacher. He was the first advocate for students ' participation in the 'door to diplomacy' of people, he tells us what diplomatic door is, how to research topics and gives us a lot of information. Instructors:Zhao Ke Miss Zhao is also a computer teacher in our school, he is also a military enthusiasts. He believes that the State's foreign exchanges in military activities are an important part of national diplomatic activity,where peacekeeping operations is an important means of international military diplomacy, our students should be aware of these.

2. Summary of Our Project

United Nations peacekeepers are a special group who come from different countries and go to different countries and regions, to help countries suffered by conflict to create conditions for the promotion of durable peace, these person includes civilian, police and military personnel. In addition to the maintenance of peace and safety, the responsibility of peacekeepers increased update, they helpes advance the political process in those countries, reform the judicial system, train law enforcement officials and police forces, assist the disarmament and reintegration of former combatants as well as support for internally displaced persons and refugees to return to their homes, giving hand to local children. For decades, international peacekeeping has obtained remarkable results, but also met with many problems, such as funding problems, discipline issues, environmental issues, human rights issues and so on, which need to be resolved in reform.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:2-3

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

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 is through ADSL Internet access, using 2M network. There are only a very few families having access to the Internet, teachers are able to surf at home.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. The time pressure Each of our students have heavy learning tasks, there are also practice task, so for us, time is very tense, in order to overcome this problem, we make full use of our after class and weekend time, sacrificing much rest time. 2. View inconsistencies When discussing some questions, sometimes our team has different opinions, we need to express ours, but some members insisted on their own views. In order to achieve consistent results, we need friendly communication to convince each other, sometimes even vote to decide to adopt whose meaning, however, each of our players is able to perform the final decision. 3. English ability is not enough We collected a number of reports and academic articles from abroad. Because many are in English, we sometimes use translation software so that can quickly access the information. In some cases to consult our English teacher who helps us. 4. Data collection narrow We don't have enough material sources, so sometimes can not find the knowledge we want, we make full use of the Internet to find information and often go to the County Library to borrow some material. 5. Lacking of webpage making experience Since we are participating for the first time, such a website we did for the first time, lack of experience, even some do not understand, to overcome this difficulty, we have invited three computer science teacher for our consultants to help implement our ideas.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Through several months of research, we are deeply aware that UN peacekeeping operation is one of most effective measure that is aimed to help nations to overcome all the difficulties and bring about peaceful resolutions to conflicts, and it plays a more important role as the time passes. At present, fighting is still raging in a few places in the world, and many common people have been dead in the war. People are so helpless that they urgently need help from international community. UN peace-keepers offer those nations aid in security maintaining, political development and peace building, thereby helping them overcome difficulties and bring about peace in the nations.

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

Our school always conscientiously implements the spirit of quality education, encourages us to participate in social practical activities in our spare time, develops our practical ability and creative spirit based on and aimed at all-round development as well as helps us set up correct overlooks on the world, life, values and talent-cultivation, thus ensuring that we become qualified talents well prepared for the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics. For this reason, the special research offers us great opportunities to involve in practice and make use of knowledge as well as learn knowledge and experience that can’t be gained from books. We become the masters of study. We are students majoring in computer technology, and the activity is really the best practical lesson that we have never experienced before. The delightful truth is that through the activity, we all get improved in social skills, moral quality and knowledge. In addition, the research activity makes us well understand the importance of peacekeeping.

Project Elements

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

Software Dreamweaver MX 2004 :Web page makin WORD 2003 :Words processing photshop 7.0 ?fireworks MX 2004 :mages Processing ACDSee 5.0: picture browsing Microsoft IE 6.0 :Searching information Cute FTP 7 :Uploading Hardware Mobile Phone :Used for contact and interview Digital camera: Photo shoot U disk, Mobile hard drive:Copy and restore data Computers: web-page made Adsl dial-up: Find information and uploading

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

In the course of our study, we looked for a lot of information, especially read the official website of the joint peacekeeping-related data online, we also interviewed the military's armed forces personnel. We mobilizd the participation of many students in our school to come in, they helped us collect information, in this process with the participation they could really understand the content of international peacekeeping. This works well, we put the work into the page, and published website in the school, the whole school even a lot of outside people have looked at our work. Influenced by loving our work, many students are active registration requiring to join the army that hope to have the opportunity to participate in international peacekeeping. Look, these students had set foot on the army of trip, we really hope that they will go to the place where need them in the world.

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

Through our research, our students including many people in our community understand the significance of international peacekeeping, know more about international peacekeeping or complex in parts of the world. These people joined us and learned to take the initiative to care about international affairs, fair to see international conflict and contradiction and encourage their participation passions in international affairs. Through seeing our project research enhances their peace-loving aspirations.

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

Our material searching is mainly through network and books, in the process we got support from the leadership of the school, help and guidance for teachers and students. Relevant departments of the County's armed forces have provided us with some material on peacekeeping, many friends in the whole school and community are also involved in this practical activities.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

In the course of the study, we found that profoundly researching a project is really not easy. In the previous we all thought the peacekeepers only mediate conflict between the two sides, but through our research, we saw the complex tasks of peacekeeping, including supervision of a truce or ceasefire, withdrawal, observation, report the situation in the conflict zone, implementation of the disengagement agreement, prevent illegal transboundary or penetration as well as other mission entrusted by the United Nations resolutions. Of course, we also came across the difficulties and problems in international peacekeeping, which required the international community joint efforts that could be solved by diplomatic means.


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