CyberFair Project ID: 5029

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Hui culture
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Wuzhong hui middle School
    Wuzhong, Ningxia, China

7 students, ages 15-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 8, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): none

Classes and Teachers: Tu kailin, Xin xiujuan, Zhaohui , Yang zhijun

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

There is an old Chinese saying,' Thousands of miles are all Hui Nationality from Ning xia to Ping liang '. Ning xia is the hometown of Hui Nationality in China , and Wu zhong which lies in the middle of Ning xia is an administrative area which has the highest population ratio of Muslim population in china, so our description of community is the area of Wu zhong.

2. Summary of Our Project

Hui is an old and noble ethnic. During Tang & Song Dynasties, progenitors of Hui Nationality began to exist in Ning xia, to Yuan Dynasty there were great deal of “Huihui ” people immigrated to here, and from Ming & Qing Dynasties more and more Hui Nationality people came to Ning xia because of complicated social historic reasons. Having gradually developed those Muslim from Arabian, Persian, Xing jiang, Gan su, Shan xi, Nan jing, Bei jing and so on has become a main portion of Huihui Nationality. During the formation of Hui Nationality, Islam had a decisive effect, which dominated and influenced on mental status and custom of Hui Natinality. We , as a member of Hui Nationality area, have obligation to make others to understand Hui Nationality .

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none

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

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

There are convenient Internet of 10M bandwidth in our school.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Lack of time: Because of strong pressure of studying, there is hardly free time for students to do anything else. We often gather and arrange materials on Sunday. Especially in the later period, because of holiday most of students are not in school. Fortunately, with the help of Wang jun , Liu na and others from Town and Talent company, we can successfully complete this activity.

Short of experience: On one hand our teacher usually are busy in teaching, so they have no chance to go outdoor with students. We think that only by elaborate plan can we get good material. On the other hand because of a poor capability of doing homepage, a little technology problem may waste many time.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Though born in Ning xia, we don't know about Hui Nationality very much, and some people think that Hui Nationality only are those who wear white caps all day and those who don't eat pig. Through this special topic research, many students got much knowledge about Hui Nationality including the origin and faith of Hui Nationality and so on. Through series of activities, for example designing proposal, connecting with people who is willing to supply material, recording and sorting contents, doing web pages, students tasted that no pain no gain.

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

First,we hope students can realize the aim of new curriculum reform of Information technology. During the course of whole activity, we learnt how to find problem, solve problem effectively with information technology. Second, we hope our activity can help others to know about Hui nationality, promote and facilitate communication with each other.

Project Elements

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

Digital camera is the most valuable tool. We can record some wonderful scenes when we are visiting. Some of those photos may be precious materials. We think the information technology is most useful, because we can process information quickly and effectively with it.

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

The purpose of this project research is that let more people know about the beautiful scenes of the Hui country which is named Jiangnan in the strategic positions along the border. Through ambassadors’ role of ‘custom guide’, people can understand its scenery, culture, custom, and history.

Our members are divided into different groups to take part in the group’s activity, which are appointed different tasks. Then we sit together to discuss and arrange our raw material, so we can apply what we have learned to the lives. The summaries of every finished activity let us make progress on inviting tips, technique of asking, and attitude to the interviewers. We realize that every people being invited should feel our sincere, or we could not gain so many details.

Our research achievements are made into web pages placed in the website, which can make people all over the world know Wuzhong in Ningxia much more.

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

First, we work out our special study plan embarked from the angle of what understanding Hui nationality culture, through study we had understood village local conditions and social customs carefully, and feels proud for promoting Ningxia WuZhong to more people Second, through designing proposal, acting program, contacting interview object and so on, student understood that do any matters not only needs person's intelligence and ability, more importantly relentless will.

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

Through the teachers and students Personally visits and telephone interview, we complete our research plan. In this activity, we originally thought Hui nationality extremely seals up and is not willing to make clear these national interior many things to the bystander, but our idea was changed in the active process. In the interview photography, many Muslim warmly converses with us. They not only provide the goods on own initiative which we needs, but request initiatively to photograph the Hui nationality architectural complex, the store and the shop f and so on put on ours homepage, let the world people to understand the mystical nationality.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Ningxia WuZhong, a Hui nationality township that has the rich Muslim feature , is inheriting and developing this national inherent characteristic, on the other hand also unceasingly is absorbing in some advanced technical culture knowledge. For instance, they carry on the transaction and propaganda using the Internet; and there are some learned people in imams who thoroughly understand the Arabic, but speak English to facilitate carry on the trade with each place merchant in world. Hui nationality have that the born business ability, and they are good at in the first time catching the keenest information and bringing the wealth and the opportunity for oneself.


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