Doors to Diplomacy Project ID: 7285

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Red Lights to Child Trafficking
Category: 2. Promotion of Peace and Democracy: Social Issues

School: Saint Louis Laboratory High School
    Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines

4 students, ages 14-15 worked together to complete this Doors to Diplomacy project on March 15, 2012. They have participated in Doors to Diplomacy in the following year(s): 2011

Classes and Teachers: Vincent Tabor, Florida Martin, Angelica, Rajan, Coleen, Merimar

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

'Angelica Abad- A taekwondo player who loves to blog, read books. She also loves to take photos and an avid listener of music. She is a girl who dreams and wishes to be a doctor or a forensic expert. And also, she is a girl who regrets wearing her eyeglasses.

Coleen Dizon- A pianist in the making who listens to classical instrumentals and sings punk rock music. She wants to be a doctor, but dreams to be an astronaut. She enjoys taking long walk alone and also enjoys reading books.

Rajan Felizco- She is a feature writer of the campus' school paper. She is an active member of the Performing Arts Club and is a prominent member of a local Theater Performing Guild. She hopes to study abroad and become a well renowned Journalist.

Merimar Ramos- She loves to sing and enjoy doing things that are mostly prohibited. She dreams to become a business accountant or business manager she also dreams to become a fashion designer and believes in the saying that “the only real failure in life is the failure to try.” '

2. Summary of Our Project

This project aspires to achieve the following:

1.) To increase awareness among the youth, specifically those belonging to our age bracket, 14-16, about child trafficking.

2.) Explain in a concise and comprehensive way, how child trafficking happens and the possible reasons as to why it happens.

3.) Educate adolescents on what happens during child trafficking and the effects on the victims.

4.) State and present stories from victims who are brave enough to share their horrible experiences as victims of child trafficking.

5.) Provide statistics on child trafficking here in our country and internationally.

6.) Furnish a list of centers and non-government organizations rescuing and helping victims recover from their trauma.

7.) Present ways on how the youth can help stop child trafficking and how to help someone whom they know who are experiencing child trafficking.

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

The one of the obstacles we faced during the making of our project as choosing the right topic for our group, all were hard and challenging categories. One time , while we were working on our project, the power in the area where we were working went out. Unfortunately all the hard work we had done was not saved, and so we had to start our project all over again. It was such an inconvenience to have to repeat the entire thing. We were thinking of quitting, but we realized that quitting will not make us stronger individuals. So we pursued our project making, and theankfully, we were successful.

Stress was also one of our problems because this project was time consuming, and left us with no time for our other subjects. We were torn between prioritizing this projet or our other homework. We have eleven (11) subjects all in all, and balancing these subjects plus this project was such a challenge for us. Time was definitely an issue for us as well. We all are active student and our schedules often do not jive. We had to adjust to each other's schedules just to take time to meet each other and do the project. It was just a good thing that the work was evenly divided among us, so that even if we cannot meet, we would still be able to work.

This project is a very long and tedious project because the website editor we were using was very slow, and a bit hard to manage. Every passing day pressured us to work faster but accuracy was vital in this project as well. Disagreements and arguments were inevitable. But with team work and determination, we were able to finish our project on time.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Children are the focus of our project. There are so many reasons as to why adults push children into child trafficking. We were alarmed by the horrible transactions that happen all around the world and taht is what urged us to make this project.

We believe that children are supposed to be nurtured, sheltered and given the opportunity to enjoy a happy childhood. They should be raised in a healthy environment and should receive the education that they deserve. That is why we came up with the acryonym

C - Children are H - Heaven sent I - Irreplaceable L - Little angels who D - Do need to be cherished and protected.

6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

The Doors to Diplomacy was incorporated in our curriculum thus it is now a requirement for us to accomplish.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your Doors to Diplomacy project?

To start off, we used each of our personal computers and laptops to freely search the internet to gather information in the comforts of our home. We utilized a digital camera to take pictures and videos if needed. USB's, hard drives and memory cards were very handy as well. For additional information, we also searched through books, newspapers, and different magazines.

These different tools helped us a whole lot with this project. Because of them, we were able to gather all the information and help we needed. These things always come in handy for everyone. We should always remember not to take everything for granted because one little thing could help a lot. Each of our members had mostly everything we possibly needed, but if we didn't, we just had to buy or borrow from people we knew. We could say that our most valuable tool was the computer or laptop including the internet. Thanks to them, with a couple of typing here and there, we got what we needed.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your Doors to Diplomacy project both on-line and in person.

We were able to raise the awareness of the youth on the trafficking in persons that happens as we speak right now. Child trafficking is quickly becoming a trend and as 'ambassadors', we were able to make the youth realize that we should be most sympathetic to the victims of child trafficking because of the closeness of the age, and because we ourselves are still considered 'children'.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Our project has made a huge impact on our society. We were brave enough to touch the controversial topics regarding child trafficking and were able to open the eyes of the people in our community regarding the horrible child trafficking that happens.

Our group worked with the local organizations, SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) and DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development). Our project hopes not to judge anyone but to help both the youth and parents to understand why child trafficking happens, and just how traumatic it may be physically and emotionally.

Information dissemination is the greatest contribution of our website. Through our website, the youth may have easy access to knowledge on child trafficking.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

We had a lot of help and support form our parents. We also approached people who work with cases of child trafficking like the employees of DSWD, guidance counsellors and social workers who rehabilitate victims. We also tried talking to people who have experienced child trafficking themselves but to respect their rights, we hide their names and replace them with other names with their consent.

Of course, teachers were also a big help during our project for their unfaltering patience in guiding us throughout the project.


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