1. Description of Our Community
Our community, Karachi is the commercial and financial capital of Pakistan. Most of the people are multilingual speaking atleast 3 languages. The most common languages are Urdu, English and Sindhi. It is located in the province of Sindh and has one of the biggest ports of the region. The people of Karachi enjoy life through shopping, eating out and going to the beach.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project is going to focus on the Local Attraction 'Itwar Bazaar' (Sunday Market). It is set up every Sunday at one of the posh localities of Karachi. For years Sunday Market has been famous for its dusty paths and uneven stalls. Recently the market has upgraded to tiled paths and shades, with a food court and a play area. Our project will focus how this change has affected the consumers and the shopkeepers.
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:4-6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
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):
We had a lot of problems during the uploading of the website as the internet connection kept restarting. We had to upload it 10-15 times.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
One major problem was security. Because of the recent attacks in the country, the school is not allowed to take children on field trips. So our principal refused to take us to the DHA Bachat Bazaar for survey. It was later decided that we would reach with our parents and the teachers separately for the survey. Another major problem was the customers refusing to talk to us. Because of the heat, all of them were pretty worked up and refused to talk to us or to come on the camera. In the end we praised their looks and their smiles and got interviews. Monthly assessments are always a pain. Just when we were ready to upload the website, monthly examinations started. We had no time to upload it. When we decided to do it on a Friday, the Friday became a public holiday. We were sure that we would not be able to participate this time. But in the end, we managed.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our participation makes us better than our school mates. The others are so jealous that we get to do this project and not them.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
• Our unit on Newspapers in Language Arts deals with interviews, survey and reporting. • Further, our teachers are always looking for interesting projects to do. They say project based learning is the most effective. We agree because its so much fun and we know better than our neighborhood friends.