The team for "A Window to Africa" is made up of Kay,
Anna, Karolina from Poland and Tumaini from Tanzania. We started
our cooperation to work together and exchange mutual interests
and develop mutual understanding. It was really great to have
a team with members from two countries and cultures.
The various team members, though all the different age, skills,
and interests, found themselves united with the single goal
of creating a remarkable website to educate others on global
problems of our modern World. Each team member chose different
tasks according to their interests and possibilities, but they
also worked together on other aspects of the site to form and
build the website they could all enjoy and be proud of.
Our project started with a group of e-mail letters exchange
(a lot of messages were posted!). Then more individualized work
of students was planned. In virtual distance teamwork the contacts
usually start with shorter or longer self-description including
the lifestyle, customs, the surrounding.
This cooperation enabled students to share mutual interests
and develop mutual understanding. It was surprising that all
our students shared the same experience and emotions as for
Millenium Development Goals. Participation in building our website
provided opportunities for students to work on what they like,
but at the same time, develop what they lack because of they
Creating our website was a good way to prepare students for
life in multilingual, multicultural world, in which people are
networked according to their interests and preferences.
Our site's topic is a complex issue of global significance.
The changes that this initiative brings to development of Millenium
Goals reward the enthusiasm and effort made by our staff while
realizing our project and creating our website.
Using Individual Strengths
Working on aspects of the project that interested us most allowed
us to use our individual strengths.
We divided up some of the work, because different people had
different interests or abilities.
Kay worked primarily on website
design within the ThinkQuest project. He built most of the website,
created our Flash introduction and worked with different graphical
elements on the site. He also served as the team leader, and
researched and wrote several sections.
"Web design has always fascinated me, and designing our
ThinkQuest site was a great opportunity for me to improve my
Karolina was a researcher and
writer for this website. She researched and wrote information
about our countries and cities, she created a small dictionary
and contributed to the site in numerous other ways.
Anna was our a linguistic proofreader,
because she is good at English. She was responsible for communication
Tumaini involvement in building
and creating our website was especially difficult because she
has a problem with access to computer.
She lives in a poor social-economical region.
Anthony Musani, our assistant coach was very helpful for her.
He made a special effort to be helpful because he also has a
problem with free, everyday use of a computer.
Tumaini was writing letters on paper. Anthony made scans of
these letters and sent to us by Internet. Polish students typed
out letters in Microsoft Word. Our Coach helped students to
correct mistakes in letters.
Our e-mails to Tumaini we were sent first to Anthony, he printed
these e-mails and gave them to Tumaini. In the same way were
sent sms by cellphones.
Tumaini also gathered a set of pictures, which Anthony sent
us. She had a struggle to take good quality pictures.
We realize how difficult was for her to make these pictures.
We are grateful to her and her parents for involvement and efforts.
As you can see our communication was complicated
enough but thereby our satisfaction is even greater!
Anthony Musani, our assistant
coach made a special effort to be helpful for Tumaini. He also
has a problem with free, everyday use of computer. Mr Anthony
visited Poland (thanks to Tanzanian and Polish sponsors) and
was our guest. As for that his involvement in realization of
our project and creation of our website was very important and
Our Coach Mrs. Jolanta Grzywnowicz
helped us organize meetings, gave tons of helpful comments on
the site, and helped us in numerous other ways with the site.
She also encouraged us to use mathematical Fermi questions including
global problems of our world and mathematical tools to solve
them. She thinks that we should improve our mathematical skills
all time and in different situations.
Our assistant coach Mr Anthony Musani helped us to keep contacts
with Tumaini. He being our guest in Poland , delivered many
different information to us.
Without the help of several individuals,
this site would never have been built. In this acknowledgements
section, we would like to take the opportunity to thank them
for their support !