1. Description of Our Team
We are two students from different schools working under the instruction of Young people’s Library, Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Our names are: Bahaa (16 years old) and Aladdin (16 years old). We all joined together to do this project because we really believe in the importance of Peace for the whole world. We also believe in youth participation in such significant projects through which we can make a good step forward in promoting World Peace. The tasks were distributed as the following: Aladdin worked in the process of information gathering, Bahaa worked as a programmer. We both participated and shared ideas about the website's design. Mrs. Sherine is the head of youngpeople’s library; Ms. Eiman was organizing tasks among the group, shared some ideas about designing website, and teaches us how to collect information from different sources and Mr. Mohamed revised text and give the group ideas for better information gathering.
2. Summary of Our Project
It's about the World Peace. We talked about the relation between peace and democracy, the problems and obstacles that hurdle the process of achieving World Peace, the importance of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as the United Nations, and community leaders like Nobel Peace laureates who devoted their lives serving their beliefs of giving people and the world a peaceful life . Also, we talked about Egypt, and its leading role in Africa and spreading peace and democracy. The important thing that we would like to illustrate is our vision about peace and democracy which is all religions call for world peace; they consider promoting world peace as faith in god, and it is not impossible to live in 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:2-3
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
It takes time to get things done on our web project and it also required that we study for our academic education; managing time for both was a bit of a problem.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We strongly believe that it is not impossible, for the whole world, to live in peace. We were inspired by the immortal figures who devoted their lives for giving peaceful life to their community and tried to spread their words of peace.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We wanted to give some more clarification about the relation between peace and democracy, their significance in our lives, and the relation between both of them and we hope that we’re playing a role in spreading words of peace, giving our community the opportunity to read and know more about some role models that changed the lives of others, role models that we should look up to. We all learned what it means to work in a team and the skills needed for it, and we also learned some techniques about the internet usage and how to find information on the web. And now we can say that teamwork helped us to cohere together and be productive by giving ourselves the time to think of things, imagine them and acquire new information that will give us some more clarification to understand things better, this is how we understand specific ideas. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the embassy of knowledge in Alexandria and Egypt, wanted to spot the light on the peace process, a small role that our organization can play in our community. For our discoveries about our education system we may say that working on a project like this website is something totally different from working on our school subjects, in school they test how much you can acquire information and put them into the answer sheet, but when it comes to something like this website we saw new things, researches have been done, in different words you need to be creative to work on something like this. And for the skills we can say that critical thinking and creative thinking are two skills that have been improved during the process of building our web project.