January 31

Critical Challenge Project – Self Evaluation

Your Learning 

What information did you learn in preparing for the Critical Challenge project?

We had a meeting with two important members of the TIF staff, Hariyati and Erlina. They talked to us about what they do, and how they run their NGO (The Island Foundation) . They also talked to us about the villagers, especially the children.

At first, I learnt a lot about the children and most of the villagers. How they don’t speak english really well, and about what their community is like. I learnt one really important facts about their community, that they used to live on the oceans, in their boats. They are a fishing community, and they were forced to move to land decades ago, which causes them to have different religions. Some people in the community are christians, catholics, buddhism, etc.

Nowadays, they seem to be facing some problems with earning their income. The fish are getting less and less, and it really is affecting them because it is their main source of income.

Some of the skills that I developed through out the duration of the trip was managing my time wisely during a presentation. And also trying my best to being able to finish whatever task that I had to finish. After both of the two trips, I learnt more about the villagers and especially the women that my group was working with, which is the WKB. We learnt more about their life and their family by interviewing. We presented them with our ideas which they to be really appreciative of what we have presented to them.

The Critical Challenge 

In the beginning of the critical challenge project, we obviously didn’t really have a lot of information about which specific project we will be doing. But after everyone got into their groups, everyone was all willing to work. Our group really worked hard on our project and we all gave in different ideas on what to do. The goal our project was: To establish an online ordering system by which elementary school teachers could place orders for classroom use. After both of the two trips we managed to finish our website and now we only need to know about the pricing change. Everyone in the group have completely different things to do in order for our plan of action to be done.

I gave in ideas, and tried to help in anyway as possible in order for our goal to be accomplished. I help with the making of the presentations for really different meetings we had, finishing up of the action plan, implementation plan, and help a little bit with the website and our smart goal.

Through the critical challenge project I have learnt so much about myself. Some of the things is that doing presentation, preparing and finishing on time, etc. I also have learnt so much working with my group, working with the TIF staff and most importantly working with the WKB women and really getting to know them, their background, their family, and learning more about their life.

The Process

Our Goal was to: establish an online ordering system by which elementary school teachers could place orders for classroom use. After both of the two trips we managed to finish our website and now we only need to know about the pricing change. In both of our trips we did exactly what we needed to, and we gather as much information as possible in order for our pan to work. We did exactly everything that was in our action plan and implementation plan, and there was nothing wrong with anything. At the end, we managed to present all of our ideas to the elementary school teachers, Mrs Markey, Stanley(Finance Manager), the TIF staff and most importantly the WKB women(“Wanita Karya Bersama”). We also managed to finish the website for purchasing, but we just need to change prices to it’s new one. We could have more simple words in our presentation in order for the TIF staff and for the WKB women to understand more easily, But other than that, our project was successful and we managed to finish everything on time

January 11

What it’s Truly Like to Experience War ?

Norman had said that “The only way to recapture the experience of war on film is to put a machine gun behind the screen and gun down the audience.” [Norman]

To what extent can a movie show us what it is like to experience war? 

I think a lot of people has a different idea to others about what war really means, and this is from watching war movies, documentaries and reading different articles or book about war. When we watch war movie we have a different expectation or idea of what is it like. We may have known how the war might look like but we cannot recapture the feeling of being on the battlefield, the different things that we think in our mind when we see dead bodies everywhere, the smell of the rotten bodies of it all. People who sit in the cinema do not or cannot have the same emotion as to what the men and women on the battlefield are feeling because they feel like they are safe and they don’t have to worry about anything.  Without having to go through a war, there is no true way to recapture completely what it’s really like. Nowadays, the movie industries and other resources are allowing to be more informed of what war is really like.

According to what Norman said, I partly agree with it, because of the “recapturing of war”, but I don’t agree with what he said about putting a machine gun behind the screen and gun down the audience. I think it’s a little too much, but I truly understand what he meant by that. I think what he means is that people shouldn’t be really getting information about war just by watching war movies but to hear the true meaning of what war really is. Personally, I don’t like to watch war movies and all that, but after hearing all different opinions from different people it has led me to this question.

“What do you think it’s truly like to experience war.”?