1. Description of Our Community
District Gurgaon Because of its close proximity to Delhi and excellent infrastructure, Gurgaon has now become one of the most important corporate and industrial hubs of Haryana. The corporate office and manufacturing plant of India's largest car maker Maruti Udyog Limited (promoted by Suzuki Motors) is situated here, as are a large number other industries. Other areas in which Gurgaon is excelling are the Information Technology (IT) industry, Software development and Call Centers.To cater to the corporate clientele, many top class Shopping malls and five star hotels, like The Radisson, have sprung up in Gurgaon. Major information technology (IT) companies like HCL, Hughes Software, TCS, Alcatel, IBM and GE Capital have set their offices here. Gurgaon may be touted as another Singapore, but when it comes to basic fire-fighting necessities for its 165 highrises, the millennium city paints a pathetic scenario. For a large number of big corporates and multinationals, this spells a big problem area. Experts are of the opinion that Gurgaon falls under “high seismic category”.This is how the report card reads. The Sector 29 fire station, which attended the fire call at Cyber Greens last Saturday, has 41 staff vacancies. The number of personnel is 12 and the station is expected to cover emergencies in DLF city, Manesar, Udyog Vihar and Palam Vihar. At the Bheemnagar station, the situation is something like this: Out of 51 posts, 37 are filled. Fire drills are implemented only once in a while, possibly when a no-objection certificate is issued.. Though the fire department issues an no-objection certificate (NOC) after verifying the inbuilt techniques, it does not conduct regular drives to check the same. The fire department conducts fire drills only while issuing the no-objection certificate at the time of completion of the building.'Whether the commercial and the residential buildings have enough space for the fire tender to enter the building and move freely after the building has been occupied is not looked into,' says a resident.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our Project ‘ Lets Save Life’ was an earnest step to unite ,educate and inspire our friends to understand and react in times of disasters. It works against the myth ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ and believes that man is the creator of his own destiny. It deals with natural and manmade disasters- how mankind can control or evade it; how to tackle crucial moments skillfully and aptly. Life is precious and we believe that we must make all efforts to save it and improvise it. The apt knowledge to evade disasters and to deal with crucial moments – “The moments during the tragedy” - with wisdom and presence of mind. WE TOOK UP ISSUES LIKE · THEFT & ROBBERY · EARTHQUAKES · FIRE · RIOTS AND EDUCATED OUR SOCIETY THROUGH 1. Conceptualized Anubhav - A school for the under privileged 2. Street plays 3. Rallies 4. Visit to various affected areas 5. Pamphlets and brochures 6. School assemblies and bulletin boards 7. Quality circles 8. Camps 9. Workshops with parents, teachers and rural community. 10. Talk shows .' When the foot of the' mountain is enveloped in mist, the mountain appears to us much loftier than it is; so also when the ground and basis of a disaster is not clear to us.'Boiled sweets and a liberal dose of ‘learn while you play’ was an incentive enough for our friends to remain in school 40 minutes after the last bell had gone. The children were taught to protect themselves and others during disasters. Gurgaon our town , situated in Earthquake active zone .Tremors of earthquake , fire break outs and riots devastated the lives and livelihoods of the people here. This early training forms part of the Community-Based Disaster Preparedness programme. Children are part of society and should know about the disasters and the distress .Right now we are kids, but as we grow up we will be able to use this knowledge and help others. This school training is one of the firsts in India for we realised that men, women and youth were getting lessons in survival skills, but the children were being left out. They are the bedrock and roots of our future.
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):
Computer education begins in our school from grade 1.It is used as a tool to study other subjects too. Presentations , web page designing ,school projects ,documentation ,posters ,cards are all done with the aid of computers. Our case studies have won international accolades and multimedia presentations have been widely appreciated.Children have designed educational softwares using Visual Basic,Oracle & C++.All school related jobs whether principal’s report ,brochures,school magazine,circulars etc are done through this medium.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
There were many constraints, problems and difficulties that we encountered throughout the duration of the competition. One of the main problems that we had to overcome was our tight and busy schedule. All of us are already heavily laden with our hectic school schedule, which includes homework, assignments, projects and exams. Besides our academic responsibilities, most of us are also in the Upper Secondary level. This explains why plenty of us have other commitments in our other co-curricular activities such as competitions, activities and Community Involvement Programmes. Those in the Class XI also had to get ready to take over the leadership positions and familiarize us with the club, school and the system. Because of our busy schedule and the need for us to balance school time, personal time and CyberFair time, most of us became stressed about the amount of work that needed to be done. It seemed like the amount of work given to us was never-ending. Most of us stayed up very late for several nights to complete our assigned work. However, the very thought of being able to create a fantastic CyberFair website which will benefit individuals, communities, nations and the whole world kept us going forward, making us determined to complete the website regardless of the cost. We also had the problem of poor communications between the members. Due to the clashes in timetables and the many commitments that each of us has, not all of the members were able to be present at the meetings held. To overcome this problem, we created an e-group where messages could be sent and files could be uploaded for all of our members to view. However, the e-groups were not very efficient. For example, some files uploaded would not appear and messages not sent. We however managed to complete the project on time and ended up with a very complete and informative web page that we are proud of. We also totally redesigned our site at least three times before we were finally happy with it.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This project has allowed us to experience what we will never be able to experience in the classroom. A platform to spread the message to save and preserve nature and mankind.The site is colourful, easy to navigate, and does a great job of capturing the essence of disaster management Technology and a real life activity made a great difference. Students enjoyed and learn a lot from the activity and had committed themselves to convert it in a long term project
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We introduced Disaster Management as a subject in the middle School. Guidelines for the course required it to be taught using the case study method. Our teacher selects real problems from the real world for case studies. Our class is run as a computer consulting firm, taking on real clients with real problems from Gurgaon and the surrounding areas. In this project based learning environment we learned, by necessity, problem solving and team work. Building a community web site is a great activity for this class that closely simulates a real work environment. The course objectives cover various aspects of Disaster Management and the students learned first hand the role of a web site. The team of students was lead by a student project manager who was in charge of the entire project. We also set some very ambitious deadlines for completion of stages, which taught us about the importance of time management. Some of the work like the web design and research took much longer that we anticipated but in the end the whole team worked hard and the project was completed. Our CyberFair Project gave the students exposure and increased their awareness on environmental issues. It also gave us insight on the different various calamities found in Gurgaon. We also learned more about the importance of environmental awareness and how each and every one of us should do our part to help conserve the environment. We must take care of our Mother Earth. 1. Our project aims to Save mankind and preserve nature across the globe 2. The project helped us to have a deeper insight into subjects like Geography , SUPW, Sociology, Psychology , Environmental science ,Physical Education and computers 3. This project enhanced skills like Life saving skills, First Aid, Yoga, meditation and web designing 4. Unity is strength -Team spirit, Leadership, Listening Skills, self and general analysis, SWOT analysis, Increased our sensitivity 5. Analysis, Identifying a problem and its proper follow up to find a solution. 6. Practice is the only tool for three way learnig. The project made our subjects more meaningful to us. 7. Disaster Management should be introduced in all Schools.We started a Disaster management Club and helped the rural community solve and discuss its problems. 8. Internet leaves a deeper impact due to its multimedia features. Also it gives Access to world of knowledge and people