Frequently Asked Questions

Q.How many students can collaborate on developing the proposal for the open call?

Answer: A maximum of three students may collaborate to write and submit their project proposal.

Q. How many students can apply for the open call from one school?

Answer: This is student-led so all students are welcome to submit their proposals to the school. However the school will be responsible for submitting the proposals via the entry form found on the website.

Q. In case a student leaves or withdraws from the project can another student replace him/her?

Answer: It is strongly recommended that a replacement is not made as it will limit the learning experience of the new students as he/she would be starting in the middle of the project; he/she would be missing out on certain stages of the project, the discussions, group bonding sessions etc. Along with that, it can also adversely impact group dynamics.

Q. Is it necessary for the project coordinator to be from the same branch he/she is heading or can any person from the administration heading any class level be the project coordinator?

Answer: For schools in Pakistan: a project coordinator can be any member of the teaching staff for the selected project class set or a member of the school leadership team. For international schools: a member of the teaching staff will be the project coordinator.

Q. Sometimes the time set for each stage of the project is not accomplished by one group which hinders completion of the project on time. Who will set these time specifications, including starting and completion of each STAGE of the project? 

Answer: The project coordinators of the paired schools will coordinate and decide the tentative timelines for each stage before the project starts. They can change the timelines as per need as the project progresses. However, the submission date for the final project outcome will not change.

Q. Will students receive a Certificate of Participation?

Answer: Yes, all students will receive a certificate of participation. All the project coordinators will receive a certificate as well.

Q. Will the final outcome be submitted individually by each school group or in collaboration with a paired school group?

Answer: Final outcome will be submitted in collaboration with the paired schools, as it will be one final outcome per project. The paired schools will be submitting one final outcome.

Q. Are the project coordinators supposed to provide evidence of all mentioned stages of the project?

Answer: Project coordinators are required to gather evidence for their own record but they do not need to provide evidence of the stages, unless asked for it. Project Coordinators will be responsible for ensuring that students are engaging in the project, at each stage.

Q. Will the final outcome be based 100% on students’ personal reflection or can they use or integrate with research-based images and material as well?

Answer: The final outcome will be based on research, collaborative discussions, and reflection. As per the guidelines, the groups can decide how they want to present the final outcome, for example, should it be in the form of a video, documentary, photo album, etc.

Q. Where do schools submit the student names and the agreement form?

Answer: Project coordinators need to maintain a list of participating students and ensure that the agreement form is signed by all the participating students after sharing the content of the form with them. Schools will maintain a record of all signed agreements. The list of participants will be required for acknowledgement in form of certificates.

Q. Will there be any regular attendance and the official time for these online sessions?

Answer: This will be collectively agreed by the students and project coordinators of the paired schools.

Q. Is the presence of a project coordinator mandatory for every activity done by students?

Answer: All the online collaborations and meetings have to be conducted under the supervision of the project coordinator.

Q. How much time of the day will be utilised for collaboration? Will it be on a daily basis? 

Answer: This will be collectively agreed by the students and project coordinators of the paired schools.

Q. Will the final projects of all participating schools be showcased in the virtual exhibition or just of the selected ones?

Answer: All final projects will be displayed in the virtual exhibition.

Q. Is there any software specified to use for the video making?

Answer: Groups can use any video making software as long as it is approved by the school, adheres to the E-Safety Guidelines and supervised by the project coordinator.

Q. Will students also be the part of group meetings or will the project coordinator guide them on the procedure?

Answer: The group meetings will be for the students under the supervision of the project coordinator.

Q. Will students work on projects from home or school?

Answer: Students will work on the projects from their homes, using online collaboration tools.

Q. Can individual students take part in the projects?

Answer: Individual students cannot take part in the project. This is a group project.

Q. Can a school have more than one project coordinator?

Answer: It is strongly recommended that one project coordinator is identified per school and that selected person’s details are shared in the entry form for ease of communication and coordination.

Q. How is the final project expected to be presented?

Answer: Final Project can be in any form (video, documentary, presentation, anthology etc.) Group members will decide how they want to present their final outcome.

Q. Will all communication be done during meetings? Can information be shared through other mediums separately?

Answer: It is up to groups and project coordinators to decide how to manage the collaboration and which online tools to use, whether through meetings or other ways of collaborating.

Q. Who will be compiling the main video? (students or teachers)

Answer: Students will compile the final outcome, which can be a video, but any medium can be used.

Q. Can the students of different classes within a class set be grouped together? (for example students from classes 8, 9, & 10 in one group)

Answer: Yes.

Q. Do we first work individually as schools and then connect with partner schools?

Answer: in the first stage, that is the project proposal stage, schools can work individually. However, once the schools are paired in the second stage, rest of the project stages are to be done and completed, collectively online with all school teams and Project Coordinators present. As all projects are developed on the PBL (problem-based learning) and CBL (connections-based learning) model, they require community building strategies, giving agency through voice and choice to students, and collaboratively identifying and solving real life problems. Therefore it is highly recommended that all communications and activities i.e. readings, discussions and decision-making are done when the entire group is present online.

Q. When do we meet with partner schools online and for how long should the sessions be?

Answer: Due to the unique nature of this project and given the different geographical locations and time zones for each group, it is recommended that the Project Coordinators mutually number and duration of sessions they would like to conduct within a week with all the students. It is therefore also recommended that Project Coordinators exchange contact details with each other prior to beginning the project and mutually decide on the timings, duration and number of sessions per week before commencement of the project.