Doors to Diplomacy Project ID: 7295

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Drug Trafficking A Menace
Category: 5. International Security
URL: http://ga-drugtrafficking.weebly.com/
Bibliography: http://ga-drugtrafficking.weebly.com/bibliography.html

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

4 students, ages 15-16 worked together to complete this Doors to Diplomacy project on March 14, 2012. They have participated in Doors to Diplomacy in the following year(s): 2011

Classes and Teachers: Vincent Tabor, Florida Martin, Michael, Clint, Anthony, Guilleon

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Our School's Web Site: http://www.slu.edu.ph

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Our team name is good addicts, our team name came from every description of every member. our first member is clint jones pacuyan abellada, he is very addicted to anime, he also likes watching anime. his job in our project is to find the content of our project. our second member is anthony emocling rimorin, he is very addicted to facebook, his job in our project is our design for the project.our third member is michael vincent asprer uy, he is very good in doing html, css, and text effects in photoshop, his job in our project is to finish our project. our fourth and last member is guilleon peter sigmund ramilo velasco, he is very good in playing the guitar, his job in the project, is the project narrative. but as you can see in our the description of every member there is the word good and addicts. then, our team name was formulated. we four had also alot of problems in makng our project because sometimes the others are lazy.

2. Summary of Our Project

Drug Trafficking is one of the many problems that affect every nation in the world. it involves selling of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and can range from a simple local exchange between drug users and dealers or can also be a major international operation. drug trafficking is specifically defined as the commercial exchange of drugs, drug paraphernalia and any other equipment USED TO MANUFACTURE OR USE THEM IT IS A GLOBAL ILLICIT TRADE INVOLVING THE CULTIVATION, MANUFACTURE, DISTRIBUTION AND THE SALE OF SUBSTANCES which are subject to drug prohibition laws. unodc, a global leader in the struggle against illicit drugs and transitional organized crimes, is continuously monitoring and researching global illicit drug markets in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding to their dynamics. drug trafficking is a key part of this research. according to the drug policy alliance network, law enforcement agencies would need to intercept around 70 percent of illegal drugs in order to reduce drug trafficking around the world. at the present time only about 10 to 15 percent of heroin is intercepted, and only approximately 30 percent of cocaine is seized.

the dea enforces laws that carry various penalties for drug crimes. a person found in possession of certain illegal drugs, such as cocaine or heroin, will face no less than 5 years in prison. a theory about enforcing called the balloon theory , states that when law enforcement agencies crack down on drug trafficking in one area, it increases in another. this is one of the problems with trying to colmbat drug trafficking around the world. our project aims to elaborate on matters about drug trafficking by producing a website that centers on this topic. the main purpose of this website is to shed some light in the effects of drug trafficking around the world, the efforts which are done to solve them and how the whoole world unites to fight against it.

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

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

Often Unreliable and Unstable

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We had very few problems that we encountered during the making of this project. The most noteable one, however, was our lack of leadership. All of us kept pointing at each other until we lose valuable time and eventually fail to carry on with our task. Nobody wanted to take initiative so our usual strategy was pass all the work to just one person which was very inefficient. We continued with that kind of routine until one day we simply realized that we had no more time and had to rush. It became another very big problem for us and we really had to work hard to finish this site. Luckily we could still push ourselves to work in spite of the pressure since we also consider this as school work and was also graded.

We had minimum problem in accessing the internet since all of us have our own computers at home. The only problem is that we live very far away from each other and we got problems in communication since we do not share the same network in our cellular phones. These are, however, very simple problems and could be easily solved so it did not really bother us and was not a big part in making this site.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Leaders aren't born, they are made, And they are made just like anything else, through hard work, And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” - Vince Lombardi

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

Our research is internet based, we have learned how to put to good use the lessons we have learned in our subject in technology and home economics. Web design and internet research using Google is incorporated in our subject that is why it has conformed with our school curriculum. Using the internet for research has given us the convenience of researching efficiently because we can just click through different links and connect the information together.

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Project Elements

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

Our own computers and school computers helped us with almost every research we had to do for this project. A digital camera owned by our very own mister Anthony Rimorin, which was used to record our team description video.

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

We have created this website to let people know more about drug trafficking and the efforts done by the world to stop it. We want to let people see the importance of helping each other and by doing that we can hopefully help bring down the barriers between countries and the people. We want to help people realize that when the world will do things together anything could be so much easier and we could see things so much better. We want to open the minds of the people to see the rest of the world in a different view.

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

Right now,we cannot tell what the project has already done to the community as we have no way of knowing their opinions on our site. The only sure thing about our website is that it will give more information about drugs and drug trafficking. WE hope that the viewers will see what we want them to portray in this site.

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

Our coach gave us most of the advice we got. All the rest were minor questions that we asked to our classmates. Other than that we did not get any other additional help.

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