1. Description of Our Community
Saudi Arabia is a land of peace and love. When greetings are exchanged it is appropriate for the person who arrives first to say, in Arabic, 'Peace be upon you,' to which the reply is, 'And peace be upon you too.' Saudi Arabia is usually known by the presence of the two holy cities- Makkah and Madina. The people of Saudi Arabia are mostly Arabs of Bedouin origin and follow Islam. The minority comprises of other Arabs from Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and people from Pakistan and India. Saudi Arabia is basically known for its oil resources and the natural fruit- dates that grows in abundance here. The people of Saudi Arabia are religious and they believe in only one God and Muhammad as the messenger of God. The people are great hosts and they honor their guests with all their heart. When saying goodbye, you say in Arabic, 'In the custody of God,' the reply being 'In the custody of the Generous One.'
2. Summary of Our Project
Our country, Saudi Arabia conjures up a mental picture of camels and sand dunes. Through our project we have attempted to go beyond this image help the world see the true heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia boasts of not only rich traditions but also a rich history and natural beauty. People of Saudi Arabia have preserved their customs which give the nation a unique identity. Some of the natural resources are a source of immense wealth to the nation, be it oil wells, dates or the greatest symbols of Islam- the two holy mosques- Masjid Al Haram and Masjid Al Nabawi. We will talk about the history and the life of people of Saudi Arabia and we would like to invite people from all over the world to come to Saudi Arabia and be our guests.
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:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We had easy access to the internet provided in the classrooms and the computer labs. We did most of our research in school and edited our essays at home.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Some of the resources we found were in Arabic and it was time consuming for us to translate the required information into English. Our Arabic teachers and mothers helped us.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
As citizens of a global community, we feel privileged to participate in the International Schools Cyberfair. It gave us the golden opportunity to break misconceptions and showcase our country's true identity.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our school follows the Delaware Department of Education (USA) Standards. Our project covered all the 4 Standards of English language. Standard 1 which deals with the use of written and oral English. Standard 2 that deals with the viewing, listening and reading of literary texts. Standard 3 deals with analyzing and evaluating texts. Standard 4 deals with use of literary knowledge and connection to society and culture. These standards are also aligned with standards of the Saudi Ministry of Education Standards. This project helped us gain practical knowledge, and get a deep insight into our own culture and lifestyle.