1. Description of Our Team
All participants are 16 years old. Buse, Icim and Mehmet are planning to study medicine during their higher education.Icim is the workaholic who is never tired of looking for researches. She works very hard to gather necessary information for our website.She came up with a lot of information.Mehmet is the organizer of website. He organized the data that was gathered by Icim. He also added his huge historical knowledge when he organized our website data. Buse is the graphic designer of our web page. She is very ambitious to create new things like graphics and logos. She has got very good technical skills.
2. Summary of Our Project
Turkish Cypriots became the partners of the Republic of Cyprus in the year 1960. However, problems started in 1963 which went on until the coup d’etat by Greece on July 15, 1974 which was to be followed by the Turkish army’s peace operation five days later. Since 1974 there have been many occasions which both parties sat down for the settlement of the problem to no avail. This project aims to reflect a clear picture of how the republic was formed, the reasons for the unsettlement and how the international organisations are trying to rebuild the bridge between the communities while the leaders of the communities are trying to find a settlement at the table, which has been going on for the past five decades without any success. In the meantime we try to reflect how it feels like to be like a Turkish Cypriot – embargoed from almost anything that different citizens of hundreds of countries enjoy. However, we have full faith in diplomacy and the doors it can open for peace for many centuries to come. Once and for all!!
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:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
There were lots of documents we had to go through many of which depended on events which took place many years ago we were born. After we collected the material and sorted out how these will be used in our project we faced a problem about how to present it on the website. The busy timetable of our school meant that we had to do our research as quickly as possible. Hence, we planned the work to be done after school hours and we were diligent in sticking to the original plan.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
“Peace is not something you wish for; It's something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.” is the quote by Robert Futchum which reflects the status quo we are experiencing as a nation. sums up our ideas that there is a need to reach a workable solution for the Cyprus problem. Currently there are many problems in different parts of the world. Such as, thousands dying from hunger and the uprising mainly in the middle east and African countries. With all these problems we feel that we are lucky people in this Mediterranean area of Europe and by logical give and take process we feel that the problem of Cyprus can be solved. For the sake of ultimate and sheer peace !!
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
For our project we had to collect information and put it into a presentable format for other people. In fact this was a process of learning, questioning, analysing, listening and being patient. While trying to prepare our project we learnt to use the search engines on the internet more effectively and efficiently. We questioned the things put across to us in the history lessons. All in all, we are more aware of what peace in fact brings to people’s lives and to be able to achieve peace there is a need for effective and justifiable diplomacy. Another learning experience was working as a team. Shouldering responsibility, organising events, having brainstorming sessions, becoming a team and working as a team, criticizing without harming feelings, and covering ground as a group of people is some of the tasks we performed. Sharing became a part of our lives. We felt more stronger than ever before with a greater awareness about the country we live in.