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The MOE implements Service Learning Programs in universities

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  • Post Date: 11/18/2009

The MOE announced the Service Learning Programs in Universities to encourage schools to mobilize campus organizations to do social services. In future, the MOE will see the program results as one of the indexes used to evaluate school performances and, by extension, to grant subsidies.

Taiwan has had a service-oriented education for a long time. Some cases in point: Tunghai University's program established in 1955, National Taiwan University, National Cheng Kung University, Providence University in Taichung and Yuan Ze University in Taoyuan County established by Far Eastern Group founder Mr. Y.Z Hsu in 1989.

Statistics of school year show that 87 schools had service learning classes in 2006. There were 1,373 teachers involved in the programs and 62,212 college students attended the classes on which each student spent an average of 1.3 hours a week.

Service learning programs benefit students, schools and this great society as a whole. For students, doing social service strengthens their civil responsibility, enhances their personal skills, and becomes an integrated part of their life learning. Schools, in turn, experience revitalization and more readily procure resources and support from communities as a result. Measured, direct application of college students' problem-solving ability is a boon.

MOE and the Executive Yuan National Youth Commission cooperated to promote education camps during winter vactation. The getaway served as an opportunity for college students to design free-of-charge learning activities for elementary and junior high school students that were based on their specialties and in isolation.
According to statistics, 80,584 college students joined the program that benefited 287,897 kids during the 2009 summer vacation. In future, the Service Learning Programs will allow even more children to have the ability to devote themselves to their fellow man and increase the welfare of the whole society.

 Donghai University Yufong Red Cross Team help children build communication skills during the Taian Elementary High School Winter Vacation Camp

Mackey hospital classes for children 

Donghai University Yufong Red Cross Team help children build communication skills during the Taian Elementary High School Winter Vacation Camp Mackey hospital classes for children.

Kids do-it-themselves at a service learning program activity 

Da Han Vo-Tech MIS students' Creativity Education Society participate in the

Kids do-it-themselves at a service learning program activity. Da Han Vo-Tech MIS students' Creativity Education Society participate in the "Love of Hometown Volunteer Camp" on Green Island in Taidong County at Gongguan Elementary School.

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