1. Description of Our Team
The Egyptian’s volcano working team consists of 4 members, Yara and Noor are both 15 years old while Ali and Gehad are 16. When we first got together to do this project the Egyptian revolution was what everybody was talking about, it still is actually, it was the big news and all over the world everyone was eager to know more about it, so we thought of a way to tell the world what really happened in Tahrir square and how did it feel like to be there, screaming your lungs, we wanted to get the reader inside the chimney of the Egyptian volcano, the revolution. We had one adult coach Mr. Mohamed Shaaban, he is the chairman of EgyTefl organization EgyTEFL is a nonprofit organization & NGO which seeks to implement development through education. Mr. Mohamed helped us a great deal through working in this project; he is an advisor and a mentor, he helped us spreading the word about our project and he’s been totally supportive since the very first beginning.
2. Summary of Our Project
As mentioned before I believe that purpose of our project is the same as that of why we started working in this project, in the website we created we wanted to tell people the facts, we wanted to share with them the experience of what really happened in Tahrir square, we are not very focused on the political side of the revolution as it is _unfortunately_ still a mystery, we are more focused on the first 18 days of the revolution up until Mubarak resigned, we want to show the spirit of el Tahrir and social effects of the revolution on the people of Egypt. Our project defiantly teaches other the importance of international affairs and diplomacy because it shows that the lack of diplomacy and bad international affairs that the former Egyptian regime had leads to poverty, hunger and eventually a revolution will have to break out.
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:4-6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
During working in this project we had to overcome a lot of problems, I think that our biggest problems was the lack of commitment from some team members at the beginning of the project, so immediately we requested a team meeting and set rules that we all must follow. Another problem we faced was how mysterious the revolution is, there are so many news and information also the current political status in Egypt is unclear now, we had to check the accuracy of the news very accurately, and we mostly depended on interviews with people who had stayed in Tahrir as well as our own personal stories and experiences there.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
I think that what best summarizes our project is a quotation by Charles Dickens 'it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.' A tale of two cities. Charles Dickens.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our projects fit perfectly for our school guidelines in particular because basically it led us to research and use the creative team work to reach the best results. While working in this project we all got the chance to develop our communication, interview, presentation, team working skills and leadership traits. We all now have a better understanding of diplomacy and the importance of international affairs as we got to see the definition of diplomacy with our own eyes, we all saw how does the world really stick together and how we are all truly one, that much was proved by all the different protests that were organized in different countries supporting the Egyptian revolutionaries. Using the internet was a lot better than the traditional method of getting information because the Internet allows us to work faster and gain access to pretty much the whole wide world.