Elementary & Secondary Schools in Taiwan Seek More Online Partnerships with US Schools
In conjunction with the implementation of Taiwan’s Bilingual Nation 2030 Policy and following the launch of the U.S.–Taiwan Education Initiative on December 3, 2020, the K-12 Education Administration of the Ministry of Education is encouraging elementary and secondary schools in Taiwan to seek suitable counterpart schools in the US for language-learning and culture related exchanges and collaboration.
The goal of such exchanges and collaborations is to build mutual understanding between the young people taking part and enhance their interest in learning languages and cultures. This will help nurture future global citizens with an international vision and a better ability to understand international issues.
In order to encourage and assist elementary and secondary schools to engage in exchanges with foreign schools, Taiwan’s Ministry of Education has created International Exchange Window, an online information and matching platform that domestic schools and foreign schools can use to find international partners. US schools can use the International Exchange Window to search for opportunities for international exchanges with counterpart schools in Taiwan.
Schools can begin with ICT-based cultural exchange programs, then advance to cooperative teaching or online courses. There are already 76 elementary and secondary schools in Taiwan taking part in such international exchange projects with foreign schools.
Elementary and secondary schools in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Hawaii that offer English–Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Programs and the schools that are interested in exploring language and cultural cooperation with a school in Taiwan can contact the Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles at firstname.lastname@example.org. The people there will be happy to assist schools in these states use the International Exchange Window platform to find suitable partner schools in Taiwan.