1. Description of Our Team
Our team is composed of 3 members.
Vallerry, aged fifteen, is the group’s leader. She is open-minded and accepts the ideas of the other members, and also suggests her own. She was responsible for most of the content in our project, as she did most of the researching. One of the smartest people in class, she is also someone who has many goals she wants to attain. She hopes to be an engineer or a designer so she can be able to use her knowledge for other people to have better lives.
Jelsea, the oldest in the group by a few months, is fifteen years old. Although many consider her as a quiet person, she can be very talkative during group discussions. Thus, the main idea of our project was derived from her. She is the living proof of the saying “Quiet people often have the loudest minds.” She takes up photography as a hobby and wants to be a professional photographer.
Hazel, fifteen, is the group’s artist. She was tasked with creating the website’s layout and she is the editor of the other members’ outputs. Being an optimist, she can also be deemed as the motivator of the team. Because of her fascination with different languages, she wishes to be a linguist.
2. Summary of Our Project
'If Muslims and Christians are not at peace, the world cannot be at peace. With the terrible weaponry of the modern world; with Muslims and Christians intertwined everywhere as never before, no side can unilaterally win a conflict between more than half of the world's inhabitants. Our common future is at stake. The very survival of the world itself is perhaps at stake.'
The quotation above, an excerpt from a letter that Muslim scholars sent to the Pope and to other Christian leaders, says much about our goal in making this project. This issue about the seemingly unending conflict between Christians and Muslims is not something new, but it is still something that needs to be given attention. As a group, we believe that achieving peace between the two is not impossible, as long as we all work towards making it a reality. The need for acceptance and agreement among their respective followers is intensified if we realize that they make up most of the world’s population, being followers of the world’s two largest religions.
The purpose of our project is to open other peoples’ eyes to the metaphorical rift growing between Christianity and Islam, and for others to realize that, as said in the letter, the world cannot be at peace if Christians and Muslims are not at peace.
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:2-3
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
In the making of our project, the major problem we had to overcome was limited time. Besides making our website, we also had to deal with other assignments and projects that our other teachers gave us. There were times when few or none of us were not able to initiate or attend group meetings because we all had our own affairs to attend to. Another problem was our lack of knowledge that was needed to make a website that was up to par with what should be an entry for an international contest. Nevertheless, we managed to overcome this by self-studying the things we needed to know.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
In a world where even religion seems to be a reason for conflicts, we all must learn to look beyond our differences and instead focus on our similarities. Once we have cast away stereotyping and discrimination, only then can we be sure that peace can be achieved.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This project was for our Technology and Home Economics subject. It fit into our curriculum because in the making, we were able to apply the things we have learned about HTML encoding, and then some. Not only that, but we also have come to be more aware of the different social issues in our society, namely the main idea of our project. Seeing the previous participants’ entries has also inspired us to become self-taught in other areas of web development, as our school only teaches the basics; we have learned to become independent and to not always rely on our teachers for help.