1. Description of Our Team
Our team of four, comprising Glendon (age 15), Nicholas (age 15), Brandon (age 15) and Canxiang (age 15) came together as a group because we were all passionate about global issues, especially underreported ones like Third World Debt. Nicholas was placed in charge of designing the website, Glendon and Canxiang were tasked with the research aspect of the project whilst Brandon as team leader supervised the entire process.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project aims to increase awareness about the pressing global situation of Third World Debt, including a historical overview of the issue and its roots; a thorough description of its damaging and crippling effects on Third World efforts to escape the cycle of poverty; deep analysis of key issues involved including who is to blame for the problem and whether this staggering amount of debt should be forgiven; possible solutions to the problem and an evaluation of their respective pros and cons; and finally comprehensive case studies to ground our findings in reality.
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
One key issue that we had to overcome was that of time management, as our group members are all extremely active in academic and non-academic aspects of school life with many holding multiple student leadership portfolios. This meant that often, we were tied down with completing other tasks and this left us with minimal time to complete our project. In addition, we also faced difficulties in designing certain interactive elements of the site that were ultimately removed as we lacked the technical expertise to create these elements.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We are now far more aware of our privileged lives when we consider the plight of the less fortunate especially those chained by Third World Debt, and many of our peers have reached similar views after visiting our site.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This project was submitted as part of our school's annual Project's Competition where students form teams to work on a particular research topic for their projects which are then evaluated and graded. Through the course of working on this project and overcoming various obstacles on the way, we learnt key skills like time management, group dynamics and synergy, and important technical skills in web design and multimedia. More importantly we discovered the amount of influence we could yield on our peers in raising awareness about issues like these that too often go underreported; and that it is through small efforts like these that big changes in the world can occur. Finally we found the Internet helpful not just as a huge resource from which to draw data and lines of research, but also as a platform for us to share our findings via our website.