1. Description of Our Community
We are students from “Ovidius” High, a school in Constanta, Romania, one of the best schools in the country. Our students have every year very good academic results, both in current and final standard evaluations but also in contests and national and international Olympiads, mainly on sciences and technologies. Constanta is the second city in Romania, and the biggest sea port at the Romanian Black Sea shore. It is an industrial town, focused on tourism, trade and transportation. As in all big cities, there are a lot of big problems the community is facing, many conflicts and situations that have to be dealt with.
2. Summary of Our Project
The project was developed with the help of a local NGO – CENTRAS – resource center for NGOs. With the support of local donor, and in cooperation with the NGO, the students started a project focused on a non-formal learning method, namely forum-theater. This is a method that can help solving social issues by organizing a theatre performance with actors that display by acting a local social problem, relevant for the community. The audience, consisting in local community members, can stop the play and enter the stage as actors, suggesting solution to the problem stated at the beginning.
Using this method, 14 groups of 7 people were trained in Constanta, and each group performed 8 shows for the local community. More than 2000 people were involved in this project and attended the plays as active viewers.
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:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
It was a very demanding project from the point of view of the time involved for the trainings and shows - more than 80 hours.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Challenging, yet interesting ....
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We worked mainly in our spare time and only one hour per week during an optional class (European Projects). We approached a problem that can be deal with only in a interdisciplinary manner. We learn more about identifying local social problems and starting the process of finding a solution for it. It was an interesting project because we had the chance to mix 2 different kind of approached - face to face work and internet