Strengthening the Education for New Residents, in order to Nurture Students by Their Own Nature
There are more than 540,000 new residents in our nation; the student number of new residents entering schools has increased as well. To establish a peaceful and prosperous society of diverse cultures, the Cultivation Project of New Residents has been continuously promoted, and is devoted to cultivating students to demonstrate their advantageous competence in utilizing foreign languages and understanding diverse cultures. The Ministry of Education has assisted new residents to adapt themselves to our society, so that they can develop their potential. Equally important, people of our nation can have more understanding of the significance of diverse cultures, resulting in a friendly, well-rounded society which works together. In addition, the 5-Year Medium Project of New Residents’ Children Education Development was established to enhance the learning efficiency of new residents’ children.
Through providing subsidies to establish adult basic education training, and special courses for new residents, the Ministry of Education has assisted new residents to adapt themselves and become integrated into the living environment of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Also, the Ministry of Education has both provided subsidies to new residents’ learning centers, and planned lifelong learning programs in accordance with their requirements, so as to encourage residents in communities to participate in these courses. These efforts should both provide a convenient opportunity for interchanges, and boost understanding and respect for diverse cultures. Various paths have been created to promote education of diverse cultures, such as: holding special exhibitions of new residents, editing and broadcasting the radio programs of the series named Happiness of New Residents in Taiwan, and providing subsidies to educational foundations and private organizations. Additionally, to enhance the mobility of new residents’ children in the international world, as well as expand their cultural experiences, the Ministry of Education has offered subsidies to them in the following activities: the International Employment Experience Activity, the Tracing Roots to South eastern Asia Countries Activity, the Promotional Activity of New Residents Language Learning in Primary and Junior High Schools, and Activities of the International Exchanges. Subsidies have also been provided to city or county government and schools at all levels to implement New Residents’ Language Competitions, Performances, Observation and Learning Activities.
The Establishment of New Residents Languages Courses
Since the academic year 108, the new residents’ languages are listed as the offered courses for primary schools, and elective courses for junior high schools in the Curriculum Guidelines of the 12-Year Basic Education. Therefore, the Ministry of Education has actively implemented affairs related to establishing new residents’ language courses. In the aspect of teacher cultivation, there are 2,216 people participating in the teaching support training of new residents’ language teaching, to meet the need for providing sufficient teachers. The official learning materials for 7 south eastern countries (Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines) are continuously being developed. Furthermore, the Ministry of Education provides subsidies to colleges and universities to establish language courses of the following countries: Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, as well as south eastern Asian language courses and credit course programs related to industry.