1. Description of Our Community
Kluang is a town and district located near the middle of the state of Johor, Malaysia. Kluang lies about 110 km north of Johor Bahru, east-southeast of Batu Pahat, west of Mersing and south of Segamat.Johor has 8 districts and this district is one of the only 2 districts that do not have a sea front, as it is surrounded by all other districts namely, Johor Bahru, Pontian, Batu Pahat, Segamat, Mersing and Kota Tinggi except Muar district. The population of Kluang district exceeds 250,000 residents and the town itself has over 145,000 residents.Thera are there main races Malay, Chiness and Indains. Each of race will have their own faith in religion and tradition.
2. Summary of Our Project
The project describe more about ponggal festival celebratede by Indians(Tamil) in Kluang region.Indians(Tamil) are the third minority of race in Kluang.Pongal is a four-day-long harvest festival celebrated by Tamil ethncis in the world. For as long as people have been planting and gathering food, there has been some form of harvest festival. Pongal is one of the most important popular Hindu festivals of the year. This four-day festival of thanksgiving to nature takes its name from the Tamil word meaning 'to boil' and is held in the month of Thai (January-February) during the season when rice and other cereals, sugar-cane, and turmeric (an essential ingredient in Tamil cooking) are harvested.The purpose of this research is to spread cultural and festival belief of Pongal among the people around the world. This also awakens the cultural belief among us. We chosse the title “Harmony of Pongal” as our project. Our project is to explain art,belief,culture and traditional celebration of ponggal in Kluang, Malaysia.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:4-6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Internet play such as precious role along with our field to complete our project. It helps us to get additional information to develop our informatic website
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Difficult time : Our grou members face difficult in finishing the roject. It is because we got to know about the project very late. So, we had to arrange our procedures reasonable to complete the project before the due date. Besides school programme in class teaching, teacher Hemanathan Harikrishnan also spent time to guide us to comlete the project.
Technical difficulties : It is the first exerrience for us to create a website. Before this, we only got exosed to create blogs and facebook. Its such a new exeperience for us technical wise to create website. In addition, limited numbers of computers at school also delayed our project. We have to thank our teacher, Mr Hemanathan Harikrishnan who had often borrowed his laptop to complete our project.
Language : Information that we had collected regarding our project was in Tamil language. We had to translate Tamil language to English with the guidence of our English teachers without changing the actual meaning.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Cyber fair organisasations give such a wonderful opportunity to students & the school to collaborate with an International School based on project wise. The project also improved students research based skills, with the team participating at the global level.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Certain subjects in our school curriculum are related to our tradition and culture. The topics give emphasize on the need to preserve the uniqueness of the culture. Pongal Festival is a vast cultural event celebrated by Malaysian Indians. The main purpose of this research is to get the festival known to people around the world. Thus, the project is able to preserve the culture and traditions of the indian community,