New Taipei to launch Southeast Asian-themed school clubs

With the largest population of new immigrants in Taiwan, New Taipei City decided to launch a program aiming at developing the merits of second generation immigrants and bringing vitality to the city. (photo courtesy/ New Taipei City government)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — With the largest population of new immigrants in Taiwan, New Taipei announced on Monday plans to launch a program aiming at developing the merits of second-generation immigrants and bringing vitality to the city. 

Starting from Sep. 10, ten schools will launch a special Southeast Asian cultural club in each school.

Speaking at a press conference, Mayor Hou You-Yi said that there are more than 39,000 new immigrant students in New Taipei City, describing them as a force for change, with hopes of taking the city to the international stage in the future.

The project is co-funded by National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (台灣科技大學), Chihlee University of Technology (致理科技大學), Cathay Charity Foundation (國泰慈善基金會) and Taipei Culture Foundation (新北市文化基金會). 

The mayor added that cultivating new immigrants is among the six major vision projects for the next ten years. The city hopes the project will make up for the lack of educational resources in the rural areas and assists children to learn more skills.

Through cultural school clubs and community activities, the project also aims at cultivating a multicultural advantage for New Taipei. 

With the largest population of new immigrants in Taiwan, New Taipei City decided to launch a program aiming at developing the merits of second-generation immigrants and bringing vitality to the city. (photo courtesy/ New Taipei City government)

The Education Department of New Taipei (新北市教育局) said that there are 1,000 students local schools along the city’s crown north coast (皇冠海岸線), making up 17 percent of the total number of students in the city.

The project will start with 10 schools along the coast including Jin-Shan High School (金山高中), launching Southeast Asian-themed school clubs, starting in the 109th school year.

For instance, Shimen Elementary School (石門國小) is going to kickstart a school club teaching students filming techniques in order to promote Southeast Asian culture through short films, while Municipal Shuangxi High School(雙溪高中) is launching a Vietnamese language learning club.

The Education Department stressed that New Taipei upholds the principle of “cross-school alliance, professional accompaniment, and partnership”, and will continue to integrate resources to develop club programs that new immigrant students are interested in.

The city government hopes that the second-generation immigrants will make full use of their multicultural advantages, and help promote international cultural diversity.