Doors to Diplomacy Project ID: 7323

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Doors To Terrorism
Category: 5. International Security

School: Raffles Institution
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

4 students, ages 16 worked together to complete this Doors to Diplomacy project on March 16, 2012. They have participated in Doors to Diplomacy in the following year(s): 2008,2009,2010,2011

Classes and Teachers: Mr.Eric Koh, Ram, Xing Yao, Rafi, Tian Hao

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Our group is made up of four people; Ram, Rafi, Xing Yao and Tian hao. Although we are currently studying in Singapore (RI), individually, we actually come from three different countries. Xing Yao and Tian hao, both 15 years old, are from China, Hubei province and are furthering their studies in Singapore. Rafi, 15, comes from Indonesia, Jakarta and is also furthering his studies in Singapore and Ram is the only native from Singapore. Our group is passionate about community service and we all actively take part in community service outlets. We all started to see terrorism in our own country as a national issue, but by time we see now that terrorism is a threat to the international field, and that it is actually happening around us every day. We come from different classes -although a same level- but this vision brought us together: to try to spread counter-terrorism measures to the everyday man. Our teacher mentor Mr. Eric Koh has given us great support and guidance throughout our project. He provided us with exercises to train our ability to brainstorm and idea sharing, and gave us important tips and instructions on our research.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our Project primarily aims to give everybody a head start before terrorism actually occurred around them; opening their views toward terrorism thus increasing their readiness when one actually occurs. With this, others may acknowledge that their actions may actually prevent a successful terrorist attack. Our methods will be simple. Through analyzing past events, we will categorize from similarity and differences, and through this categories, we will provide different actions-or solutions. We will also provide some precautionary actions that is doable for everyone, further increasing their readiness. Lastly, using the technology of the internet, we will spread the message to the people around the globe.

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

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


4. Problems We Had To Overcome

- We lack local cases of terrorism. Terrorists and terrorists attack are rare in Singapore. - Because of the problem above, ordinary people have no idea about terrorism. Therefore, it’s hard to us to conduct a survey when people are totally not aware.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint.

CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, 'Terrorism: Notes Toward a Definition

Fighting terrorism is like being a goalkeeper. You can make a hundred brilliant saves but the only shot that people remember is the one that gets past you.

PAUL WILKINSON, London Daily Telegraph, Sep. 1, 1992

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

Our project activities was part of our school’s academic component, called Research Education. Research on D2D enriches our general knowledge and allows us to go beyond the classroom and broaden our perspectives. We understand that eventhough our education system may seem restrictive, to the syllabus and exams or tests, it is true platforms such as this in which we are able to go beyond the syllabus and o what we like. The internet has been a immense plus point to this project as it is a break from the conventional reports and captures the attention of youth.

Project Elements

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

2 Laptops Adobe flash School and public libraries Oral Interviews

These tools allowed us to substantiate and improve on our project.

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

Our team has attempted to spread the importance of being vigilant and playing an active role in counter-terrorism to the community. Our target audience are school children who will be more receptive and hopefully take to our visual methods of presentation such as through videos and skits. We aim to present our ideas and spread the importance of counter-terrorism to certain primary schools(e.g rosyth school) in Singapore and we are in the process of arranging a suitable date. To add to that we have requested for interviews with experts in the field of counter-terrorism such as Dr. Rohan Gunaratna and are also in the process of finding a suitable date. Through these we aim to substantiate our information and publicize our website.

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

Our project has definitely been a revelation among our parents and schoolmates, as we show our website to our relatives and post it on various social media platforms, a common response from those we know is that the content in our project has always been there but its importance was not known to them. As such,we believe that our project has definitely served its purpose.

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

Our project had a key helper and guide, Mr. Eric Koh. He was there with us through every step of the way making sure we do not stray off and shaping our project. We would definitely like to thank him.


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