Doors to Diplomacy Project ID: 5366

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Safety and Security
Category: 5. International Security

School: St Joseph's Institution
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

4 students, ages 16-17 worked together to complete this Doors to Diplomacy project on March 15, 2008. They have participated in Doors to Diplomacy in the following year(s): 2006, 2007

Classes and Teachers: Mr Raymond Wong; David, Vincent, Nhat and Duc

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Our group members are David (17), Vincent(16), Duc (17), Nhat (17). We are all in the St. Joseph's Institution Infocom club.

Although we are from different countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, we share the same passion in Information Technology (IT), web design to be specific.

For this reason, we decided to take part in Door to Diplomacy competition, which will not only improve our skill in web design but also enable us to contribute to the society by sharing our knowledge of world issues.

We divide ourselves based on our interests and strengths in various topics: David (peacemaking), Duc (Terrorism), Nhat (Singapore's role), Vincent (weapons of mass destruction). Mr. Wong is a helpful teachers in providing us with technology and his expertise.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our project is mainly about the world's safety and security, that is, how to achieve and maintain them.

We divided our topics into: peacekeeping efforts, terrorism, weapon of mass destruction and Singapore's role in maintaining world peace.

The peacekeeping efforts mainly talk about some of the world's famous peacemakers such as Aung San Suu Kyi and Mildred Norman. We discussed about their contributions in trying to establish the world peace so that eventually we may learn to do similar thing.

In terrorism part, we showed about how terrorists have caused destruction and damage throughout the world. Then we further discussed about various terrorists group in the world such as Al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah. In the later part, we showed how the world combats terrorism.

Following on is the study on weapon of mass destruction(WMD) where we touch on the history and the past war that uses WMD. Also we discussed about the plan and treaties that are carried out, by the United Nation ,to prevent future misuse of WMD

To be more specific, we looked at our country's (Singapore) role in countering the terrorists' acts and providing peacekeeping efforts. For instance we talked about how Singapore has arrested some Jemaah Islamiyah members and prevented the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction through Singpore's strict rules.

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: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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

As our team members consist of students from different countries, we had some difficulties in communicating with each other. Although we use English to communicate in Singapore, English is our second language, so we had to take some time to understand each other.

The second difficulty is the limited acces to internet. Despite the fact that the school provides us with computers and internet access, we can only use it during our co-curricular activites time or certain times after school. Thus, we did not have enough time to search for all the information and improve the content as well as design of our website.

Lastly is the difficulty to balance between our academic work and finishing the web project itself.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our participation in the Doors To Diplomacy has widen our knowledge on global issues affecting all of us.

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

Our school follows the Cambridge O-Level Syllabus. One of the subject is Social Studies that teaches about issues all around the world. It also teaches us to think more about how to contribute to society by each of us playing our parts. Our projecet follows the curriculum to a certain extent as we discuss about causes and effects of terrorism and how to prevent the terrorist acts.

From this project, we learnt about various ways to achieve and maintain peace. This makes us more appreciative towards the peacemakers all around the world. We also learnt how to effectively use technology to spread useful information to others.

Also, we think that using internet to teach and learn is more effective than traditional methods as much more information can be exchanged quickly. For instance we can receive news from places tens thousands kilometres away from us with a single click on a computer.

Nevertheless, not all information on the internet is reliable and some even teaches us the wrong thing. Thus, although internet provides an effective way in teaching and learning, we need to be careful in taking in the informtion. Otherwise, the learning process would adversely affect us eventually.

Project Elements

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

In most of the time, we used computers in our schools and homes to surf the internet and find information as it is probably the easiest and the most powerful way to look for information. However, we did not simply copy all the information we find. Instead, we read thoroughly first in order to ensure we are giving correct and beneficial information.

Next, we also used telephones to contact with each other and exchange information and opinions regarding 'safety and security'.

Finally, we always read the newspaper so that we know about the contemporary issues affecting countries all over the world.

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

We will be sending the link for our Doors To Diplomacy to our whole school through our school email. This will enable us to inform our school community on the importance of peace and security and not take our present safe enviroment for granted.

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

Our project will make differences to the Singapore community as it creates an awareness among the people. Since Singapore is a small nation, we need all Singaporeans to play a part in maintaining peace thus with this knowledge they can actually help to preserve the peace and in face of war, they will be able to react appropriately.

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

In making the project, we asked the help from one of our school friends who is a member of National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) which is one of the groups in our school co-curricular activities.

As he knows much about how the police in Singapore maintaing safety and security, we learnt a lot of information from him such as how does Singapore police patrol a certain area to secure it. All the actions by the police actually deter everyone from committing crimes in Singapore and subsequently Singapore becomes safe.


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