1. Description of Our Community
The Segamat District is a district located in the north of the state of Johor in Malaysia, bordering Negeri Sembilan on the west and Pahang on the north. It is located roughly 172 kilometres from Johor Bahru, the capital city of Johor State. It is 95 km travel distance via North-South Expressway from Johor Bahru to Yong Peng, and another 77 km from Federal Route 1.Tenang is a small town in Segamat District, Johor, Malaysia. The town is located between Genuang near Segamat and Labis. Labis is a mukim in Segamat District, Johor, Malaysia. It is the second largest town in the district with a population of about 20,000 people. It has a large Chinese community. Labis is an agricultural town whose main export is rubber. A main trunk road that runs north-south Peninsular Malaysia passes through it, as well as the Keretapi Tanah Melayu railway line that connects it with the state's capital in the south, Johor Bahru.
2. Summary of Our Project
Diwali or pranav is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere). It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India,Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and recently Sindh Province in Pakistan. One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November. Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices.[ On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Deepavali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Time difficulties: Our group members face difficult in finishing the project. 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 programs in class teaching, teacher Baanurekha K.Ravihchandran also spent time to guide us to complete the project. Technical difficulties: It is the first experience for us to create a website. Before this, we only got exposed to create blogs and Facebook. It’s such a new experience 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, Mrs Baanurekha K.Ravihchandran 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 guidance of our English teachers without changing the actual meaning.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Cyber fair organisations 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. Moreover it's give a best experience to the students for the next 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. Deepavali 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,