1. Description of Our Team
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
With starry eyes and dreams in the living heart, we see the vision of world bond together with the threads of peace and tranquility.
Diverse in our attitudes, yet united in our dream, we joined hands to see our vision conceptualize.
Mrs. N. M. Parti, our primary coach, provided us with all her guidance and her never say die attitude inspired us to excel in our every endeavor.
Ms.Lvanika Parti, our assistant coach and a vivacious mentor, was always full of exuberant ideas and her presence motivated us to scale new heights.
Apoorva, 16, is never scared to take an initiative, for she believes that one can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Karishma, 16, lives with the motto that “good, better, best, never let it rest; Make your good better and your better best” and tries to give her best at her every endeavor.
Shivangi, 15, is an intrepid artist who believes not in the word ‘impossible’, saying that even impossible says ‘I m possible’.
Ankita, 14, is a visionary who believes that personal discipline is the foundation for attaining perfection and individual perfection can make this world a better place to live.
With copious tasks such as writing content, deciding links, site layout, making interactive features, conducting interviews, case studies and many more, at hand, we divided our work in accordance with our abilities. Apoorva and Ankita compiled most of the text and case studies, owing to their creativity and flair for writing. Shivangi stepped forward when it came to conducting interviews, activities and editing and re- editing the text. Karishma did most of the web designing and ensured that there were no missing links.
Thus, with combined efforts and live hopes, we embarked on this journey of self-improvement and we sure have been successful.
2. Summary of Our Project
Violence begins in the minds of men; it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.
For this, we traced the footprints of terror to their beginning. The very seeds of violence are sown within an individual and it is the milieu around him that cultivates these seeds into the many manifestations of terror.
9/11 -WORLD TRADE CENTRE DEVASTATED, 12/13/2002 INDIAN PARLIAMENT HOUSE ATTACKED, 10/02/2005 BALI ATTACKED …… Day after day we read more reports of terrorist activities. And the picture which comes to our minds- men with rifles, guns, bombs, brutality and vengeance….but let us think again. There is more to crime and terrorism than just pure evil. Our clouded perception and short vision hinders our capability to look beyond the outer facade of ‘devil’ and find the human within.
Criminals are not born evil with an innate ‘talent’ for malice and spite. Their mind is a complicated creation, and is the product of its own time and place. This off- beam path is not a matter of choice but of consequence. Many factors, such as socio-economic status, upbringing, contribute to molding a terrorist. Often, they have had bitter experiences in their past which nurture feelings of revulsion in their hearts compelling them to seek retribution in the form of criminal acts. The people who turn towards terrorism for a religious cause are motivated overwhelmingly by religious beliefs, or at least, their interpretation of religious faith. Though seemingly absurd, people may also take up terrorism due to the lack of satisfying career options.
Treading this unknown path… terror leaves its trail…
And with every step comes a cry… I am innocence set ablaze…
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:2-3
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
During the making of the website, we encountered a number of problems primarily being related to the issue that was considered by us. It was an unconventional yet sensitive topic that required a lot of research before we could start writing the text of our website. The information provided by various search engines was not specific to our subject and thus we had to make visits to libraries, consult our coaches and our other school teachers, conduct interviews to authenticate our facts.
The second hurdle that we faced was regarding the decision of links that would constitute the website. Our topic was so vast and seemed to be interrelated to so many other social issues that it became hard for us to decide what to include and what not to.
Also, with all the members being in senior high school, the pressure of studies was immense and with exams round the corner, it became a harder task to cope and give our best to both the fields.
Moreover, during the making of the interactive links, all the members of the team were faced with a common problem of not being very well versed with the latest technologies that were required and thus we were compelled to attend several training sessions in order to make ourselves technically sound before the making of the website begun.
When walking through the valley of shadows, remember that shadow is cast by light…
In each of our problems, we saw a new ray of hope. And thus with an optimistic attitude, we took up these problems as challenges and were successful in surmounting them.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Violence begins in the minds of men and it is in the minds of men that defenses of peace must be constructed.
People say-‘rise above self and think of the world’, but our belief is that before we change the world, we must change our self. It is not in the world as a whole but in the individual mind that the sparks of violence have their origin. The seeds of rage, violence, aggression, are sown in the fertile soil of the human mind.
A mind filled with violent instincts is like a time bomb, ticking incessantly, waiting to explode any moment; and we must diffuse it before it is too late…
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our web-project was significant in making us realize the importance of being morally good citizens and highlighted the vitality of moral education, which was already a prominent subject in our curriculum. We apprehended that it was the need of the hour to encourage morality in our school and hence we persuaded our fellow students to adopt the road of honesty as well.
Our NCERT schoolbooks were of great help in our project. We often referred to them for definitions and information related to the United Nations and Terrorism.
This project introduced a great concept of ‘life-skill education’ in our school, which included various activities to overcome failure, sadness and depression. This concept was established in collaboration with VIMHANS- a rehabilitation institute. Anger management was the most remarkable branch of life-skill education as it comprised of activities to conquer anger. Our school embraced this concept with a lot of intensity.
The dream project of our school, ANUBHAV, played an integral role in educating and empowering the underprivileged of our society.
Many skills like group discussion, trust and teamwork were enhanced by the medium of various activities conducted in the teen camp. Various competitions were also held to bring out the creative best of the students.
Through this project we understood the value of doing right things at the right time. We realized that ineffective utilization of time could be hazardous and this made us rethink on the lines of time management, a concept our school is already well versed with.