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The Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation holds an event to solicit essays about a book donation event

The Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation holds an event to solicit essays about a book donation event
The Ministry assisted the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation in holding the 2008 Composition Contest for Primary and Junior High School Students as well as in soliciting essays about a book donation event held by the foundation. The awards ceremony was held on June 28, 2008.

This year the annual essay soliciting event was held for the fourth time, and entries from 158 schools located in 12 cities/counties were received. A total of 75 students won awards.The organizer of the composition contest received 6,050 entries this year, of which 1,226 were submitted by junior high school students, and 4,824 by primary school students. The first round of the contest produced 2,047 winners, who were admitted to the finals that took place on May 31 at 11 locations across the country. The 88 winners of the junior high school category came from 23 cities/counties, and the 125 winners of the primary school category from 22 cities/counties.

The Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation, the organizer of the contest, was founded in memory of Mr. Sayling Wen. Mr. Wen was an avid reader, writer and entrepreneur. The most commendable contribution he made was to launch a program in remote, rural areas to cultivate computer software talent in an effort to narrow the divide between urban and rural areas.

The Ministry has always regarded the promotion of forming good reading habits as one of its top priorities. From 2001 to 2003, the Ministry spent NT$440 million purchasing 2,591,628 books and distributed them among primary schools located in remote areas, offshore islands, and primary schools for indigenous peoples as well as regular primary schools.Between September 2004 and August 2008, the Ministry implemented the four year Focus 300 program to promote reading among students of 300 primary schools in areas with insufficient cultural resources.In 2008 the Ministry began implementing the Reading 101 program to help primary and junior high school students form good reading habits. Summary of the program is as follows:Soliciting plans for the teaching of reading strategies.Investing NT$100 million in 2007 and NT$200 million in 2008 in books and equipmentMeasures implemented to complement the program:Governments and schools at various levels will form organizations to promote reading, recruit more story reading groups, set up a supervision and guidance system, establish reading websites and conduct related fundamental research in order to establish various reading indicators.The Ministry plans to invest NT$ 1,234,380,000 in the program over four years in the hope of cultivating students' reading habits, allowing schools to treat the promotion of reading as one of the core values, and encouraging parents to spend more time reading with children.