CyberFair Project ID: 8597

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Exploring the Roots-N. I. T. Faridabad
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Aravali International School
    Faridabad, Haryana, India

21 students, ages 11-15 years old worked together to complete this CyberFair project on January 1, 1900. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): Never

Classes and Teachers: Ms. Priya Mehra, Ms. Priya Bhardwaj, Ms. Jayashree Dutta, Ms. Ankita Bhardwaj, Ms. Renuka Mulay, Ms. Ruchi Malhotra, Ms. Jasmeet Kaur, Ms. Nishtha Gulati, Ms. Kirti, Ms. Kanika Kapoor, Ms. Monica Rattan & Ms. Sonam Dhir

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

The local community selected for the project is migrant-refugee communities of Faridabad. At the time of partition, when the residents of undivided India were given an option to choose either India or Pakistan as their future homeland, many communities and groups of people decided to migrate to India. Many of these communities were from the Frontier Province of north western undivided India, beyond undivided Punjab. These communities were Banoo, Multans, Kuhatis, Derewals, Jhangis and Sikhs primarily. A vast land full of henna shrubs and jungles in the vicinity of the capital of the country called Faridabad was chosen among many of the settlements for the refugees coming in. Next on the agenda was to provide them opportunities to earn their livelihood and to provide the basic amenities like electricity and housing. These were the hardworking people who believed in the dignity of labour. These people started of with small businesses and establishments and with sheer grit, determination and hardwork converted their ventures into leading business houses and conglomerates of the 20th and 21st Century. They converted a barren land and created one of the most successful settlement of the refugees in India. This project examines the saga of settlement of refugees in a jungle of Henna shrubs. The whole town of Faridabad has bloomed around these communities. It makes us ponder on the contribution of these refugees in the prosperity and progress of this Industrial Town. We have tunnelled and dug deep into the history of the creation and sustenance of the Area called New Industrial Township of Faridabad.

2. Summary of Our Project

The Project brings to fore the forgotten tales and glories of the pioneers of New Industrial Township of Faridabad. It describes the journey of the town from being the spot of shelter to an industrial hub. It discusses how despite being a desolated area, refugees resuscitated the land converting it into one of the biggest Industrial Towns of the North India. The sheer grit and determination of the settlers is an idol for many generations to come. When these communities first came to Faridabad, they were faced with lots of hardships including loss of home, land, fortunes, families and valuables. However, with the support and encouragement provided by the existing local communities they found camaraderie and motivation to fare well and to keep on fighting. This project is going to delve deep into their stories of the migration, settlement, starting over and achieving success and glory. The impact of these communities on the town of Faridabad, it becoming a District and consequently becoming one of the biggest Industrial towns in North India. We are going to look into the contribution of these communities on the social, political, economic and cultural impact on the fibre of the town. We have gathered the information and data from the length and breadth of the community, the residents, the industrialists and the leaders of the community. It has been our endeavour to bring out the heart and soul of the community through a multi-dimensional approach. This project highlights the untameable spirit of the people and their panache.

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

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

We are in the digital age. Computers and Internet are playthings for generation Z. The Corona Pandemic has made us rely more on technology. Best of the design tools, softwares and websites are at the disposal of the students with a click of the mouse. Yes, there were times when due to high usage the bandwidth was short, however, our Institution was behind us every step of the way. We had Zoom meetings and online discussions to work on the project. The end result is the evidence of our hardwork.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

When we were informed about the contest, we found it difficult to decide the category to participate in. We contemplated and discussed vehemently about the categories 2, 3 and 7. Ultimately Category 2 was finalised. At first the students were clueless about the community selected as they have never heard the stories about the creation and development of Faridabad. However, when they started to research, they became exited and thrilled to connect to their roots and explore about their origins. After brainstorming for many days, a flow chart was finally created and a path was chalked out for the project to take off finally. The biggest challenge presented itself in the form of the Annual Examinations of the students, however, with the constant support from the educators and parents students kept on labouring. Braving the coronavirus restrictions, students kept on researching and interviewing people, relentlessly gathering information. Students acquired a new vision to look at their Home Town called Faridabad and appreciate it with all its flaws and shortcomings. To keep everyone on track and follow the deadlines without fail, teachers created One Drive link for all to share, review, edit and provide feedback of all our works. The response of the teachers was prompt and we were able to improve and go beyond the expectations.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We found that community is what we make of it. The warp and weft of the community are its people and their generations. The dense the this connect will be, denser the spread of the community will be. Beginning from the pioneers-the first settlers to subsequent additions to the community, people had made sure that they are able to create far greater glories than the ones that they left behind in Pakistan. The burning passions of their hearts and the smouldering fires in their bellies have not left them leave any stone unturned in reaching the pinnacle of the success. This has enhanced a sense of belonging towards their community and re-establish human and cultural values.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

A child should learn about the birds and the rocks and the trees by experiencing them and not just reading about them from the books. Aravali International School has the core belief system deeply rooted in the traditional Indian Philosophy of experiential learning. Our schools work on a unique pedagogy of Collaborative Deep Design Thinking (CDDT). CDDT is a problem-solving approach, which equips our students with the core competencies. Through this process, students are trained to explore existing challenges, ask questions, interpret given information, ideate and create new solutions. The Aravali institution provides the space to its students in achieving their own happy place through an integration of innovative and challenging academics, technology, performing arts, sports and entrepreneurship programs, that makes the students develop a love of learning, confidence and a firm value system that supports them in embracing real life challenges. Also, internet has been part of our academics this whole session due to pandemic. So, the children were already doing lot of research work on a vast number of topics. Thus, the team of the students working on the project took this in their stride and came out with flying colours.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Initially this project started as just a curiosity quotient, however, the deeper we delved into it, more fascinating and poignant it became. It was very fascinating and exciting to unearth information about the town that you live in but don’t have time to explore. This fast paced life of present leaves you with little or no time to connect with your motherland in this rooted manner. Poignant because the tales of separation, struggle and endurance have long been forgotten and swept under the carpet. This project aired the old sequoia tinted photographs and removed the dust from many memories. The student sin the team are approximately the fourth generation of the town. This generation is more digital and tech savvy. They hardly get time to sit along with their elders and listen to their stories of past. This project opened a new world of lost treasures. The community is going to relish the revival of the lost stories of galore. It will develop a sense of pride and belonging which was slowly slipping away from the hearts. The ‘Y’ Generation was not feeling connected. This project is going to strengthen the bond between the Older generation and the millennials.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

A project at this level and with this magnitude is not easy to accomplish. We needed all the help we can get to work on this project. All the educators and the students explored their contact to help provide details and insights about this project. Fathers, Mothers, Grandparents, friends, relatives all pitched in with stories, incidents, rituals, interviews and memorabilia. Parents of the students explored their contacts to reach out to the community & business leaders. This project could not have been completed without the help, support and valuable inputs from Mr. Vikram Patil, Ms. Priyanka Arora, Ms. Tarveen Kaur & Mr. Gurkirat Singh


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