1. Description of Our Community
Our community is the entire Cebuano population, both here in Cebu and abroad. This community encompasses the students, parents, teachers, alumni, supporters, and prominent figures who really helped our school, among others. To be inclusive, we consider the whole global community as part of our community since there are a lot of Filipinos, who play an important role in the movement of saving UP High, scattered all over the globe. This community that we’re working with or working for is composed of people who believe in education, particularly the ideals of UP High School Cebu, people who experienced what it feels like to be a UP student, and people who are against the violation of education rights. Our project would never have materialized without that abetting community, for it is that same community that is very involved, that is part of the flesh of our project.
2. Summary of Our Project
This project is about how our school, the University of the Philippines High School Cebu, survived amidst the threats of closing it. The continued existence of our school is not just merely for our own sake, but also for the sake of the poor but deserving students that are yet still to come. This project includes the efforts of students, parents, faculty, alumni and even people outside the institution (community) and how we believed and united in order to save our institution. For the future generations to gain access to the quality education that the institution gives, we will continue to fight for our school’s existence.
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:4-6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
One of the difficulties in accomplishing this project are the facilities. We only had a few computers working burdened with slow internet connection. This gave us a hard time in downloading big files & even building a simple page took us a long time. So, the others used their computers at home and some did their work in Internet cafes where internet connection was faster.
Next in line, we had an adversity with our time management. The school was at the peak of its battle against closure upon the opening of Cyberfair 2010. The faculty, students and staff were all busy fighting this denunciation led by our very own Dean. The official start of our project-making was on the early week of the last month enclosed in the Cyberfair season, leaving us with less than 20 days to work on our project. Besides, the project had to compete for time with the other academic subjects that really mandated attendance too since we’re nearing the end of our school year. To add, the members had a lot of commitments to fulfill and they had to weigh down their priorities.
But in the end, we were able to find solutions to these looming time-management problems that we had. First, we stayed late at night in school for discussion and progress monitoring. We also set a timetable to follow. To save time, we were divided into groups and assigned topics. With the help of our teacher-in-charge Ms. May Christina Bugash, doing things went faster. During weekends, we had to stay in the school too & had to sleep inside the computer laboratory. Others who have appointments during the day return at night and stay awake till the dawn, not sleeping in order to make up for the time when they weren’t able to work on the project. But, we just like to point out that even if this was the case, our health wasn’t affected for we were sustained with ample food. We always kept snacks with us and upon returning to our homes, we had the chance to go to a deep slumber.
Another seeming obstacle was the fact that the topic was just so close to home. Unlike our previous entries that featured Filipino delicacies like tuba and puso, focusing on our own university itself was more challenging. We had to think of the topic as if we were 'outsiders' looking in. Sometimes, we just assume too much that the outside world knows about these things, not really placing ourselves into the shoes of others. So, our teacher had to constantly remind us to assume the thinking of other people who don’t know about …
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This project is made possible not just with four to seven students but with three different year levels, involving a total of 39 students, working on content, layout, graphic and web design. It also involves the community’s voice about the issue of our school thus making the viewers realize that everything can be made possible if everybody is united, even if the worse case scenario might happen.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Teamwork and time management were the lessons we learned while we were working on our project. It’s not easy to work without the help of other year levels since we have our different task assignments. Interdependence is key and we learned to value each other's ideas and efforts.
This Cyberfair project addresses content standards and requirements in our classes in Computer, Social Studies, Research, and English.
For Computer, we learned how to use photo-editing software, create our own website from scratch (no ready-made templates), and write CSS and HTML code. If not for this Cyberfair project, we would not have been able to learn all these skills in such a short period of time.
For Social Studies, we learned how to look back at history and appreciate the heritage of our Filipino and Cebuano culture, particularly, the core values of our national university, the University of the Philippines. Learning about our school and its problems has made us value our education all the more. Most importantly, this has taught us how to fight for our rights and those of other students and children who wish for quality education.
Our Research subject has taught us how to organize and present our data in an objective manner.
And of course, since we are not native English speakers, this project has greatly improved our communication skills in English. Thereby enhancing our connection with the global world.