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Mission and Function

Dept. of Social Education

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  • Post Date: 06/19/2006

Social education

Social education strives to offer citizens access to knowledge. Due to the necessity of life-long learning in modern society, government is obliged to build various learning networks with abundant resources to meet self-development needs and social progress on basis on positive values.

In Taiwan, an assortment of learning channels has increased the width and depth of knowledge. These channels include libraries, museums, arts education center, science education centers, four national social education centers, 63 community colleges, 13 tribal community colleges, and 276 social work stations around Taiwan. In the future, to construct a learning blueprint for citizens, the MOE is working to promote accreditation for nonformal learning achievement and open learning and distance education. Every one could learn anytime and anywhere.

Knowledge will become more accessible and citizens could better their lives through this learning network. Since 1998" Towards a Learning Society" was announced, the MOE has been devoted to promoting life-long learning to benefit as many citizens as possible.

These include promoting adult basic education, reducing rate of illiteracy, enhancing service in foreign spouse education, building community education system, integrating governmental and private groups for boosting social learning, and encouraging arts education development. 

The planning and implementing of life-long learning policy is centered on the following key concepts:

1.      Social education is to offer more opportunities for citizens to access knowledge.

2.      The content of social education meets both needs of social development and individuals. The education will also pay special attention to Taiwanese culture development.

3.      More social education institutes will serve the needs of accessing and sharing knowledge. Basic learning centers are located in communities for easy reference.

4.      Social education will connect formal education systems by integrating resources from families, schools, and societies.

5.      Social education features high accessibility and diversity; with the advantages of internet or multi-media.