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Filipino language, taught to more children in Taiwan schools

Taiwan has opened up the opportunity for new immigrants to teach young students.  Some Filipinos are happy because of the government's support for their teachers.

Different language were taught in private and public elementary and high schools by foreign teachers who have come or lived in Taiwan.

Among those taught is the Filipino language under the government's new Southbound policy. It aims to expand taiwan's cooperation with neighboring countries in Southeast Asia.

President Tsai Ing-wen said the new policy will link the children back to their culture, so that, in the future they can be a future link for Taiwan and their homeland. 

“We started around 3 years ago noon sa trial period, ang Filipino teachers natin that time was only 4 or 5 I think. But for this school year, we have around 50 teachers na," said Irenne Ng, Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Kaoshiung Extension Office Director in a report from ABS-CBN.

"We started with around 10-12 classes but for this year, we are happy to share that we have 234 classes, ang ni-report sa atin as of end of August,” the director added.

MECO Director Ng invites new Filipino immigrants to participate in this program of the Taiwan government. (CNA photo)


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