2007 Ministry of Education Award Ceremony for Artistic Creations
The MOE began holding the awards in 1981, and this event has the longest history and the highest level of official sponsorship in Taiwan. The purpose of the awards is to encourage appreciation of the arts and add momentum to artists' efforts. Unlike similar events that are open to the general public, the MOE has limited eligibility to teachers and students only since 2006.
Minister Tu encouraged students and teachers to have more contact with people in occupations outside their own and with people who live in different parts of the country in an effort to broaden their point of view. If teachers can experience the characteristics of other cultures, they can provide students more a more diverse education.
In 2007, teachers were invited to enter their creations in such categories as plays, short stories, essays, contemporary poems, classical poems and musical compositions, while students were invited to enter their creations in categories such as plays, short stories, essays, poems and musical compositions. A total of 690 works were entered in the competition, and 60 won awards.
The ceremony was aimed not only at providing award winners a stage on which to be honored and to uphold the spirit of artistic innovation, but also to encourage teachers and students to give life to their creativity by creating opportunities for exchange.