Under the lead of Magistrate Chiu Ching-Chun, approximately 600 students from 14 schools in Hsinchu County’s rural areas toured Taipei City Zoo on April 3 to call on the baby panda Yuan Zai and to appreciate the neighboring landscape along Maokong Gondola. Then they visited the famous Lao Dong Beef Noodles to dig in. Taipei City’s mayor Hao Lung-Bin gave away 600 Easy Cards to teachers and students at the ceremony as the souvenirs. Putting on the chef uniforms, Magistrate Chiu and Mayor Hao dressed like two stylish chefs to demonstrate their skills. Hot bowls of beef noodles were served for attendees, impressing them with a fantastic Children’s Day.
To celebrate the approach of Children’s Day, Hsinchu County government, in collaboration with Taipei City government, invited students living in rural areas to visit the Taipei Zoo and Maokong Gondola, aiming to bridge the rural-urban gap and to broaden children’s horizons. Magistrate Chiu showed his gratitude to Mayor Hao, Easy Card Corporation, and Chairman of Lao Dong Beef Noodles Liu Zheng-Xiong for their generous sponsorship, which allowed rural children to experience the urban lives through the inter-municipal activities. Chiu added that it is hoped that the gap of learning access can be bridged should more attention be put on rural children.
Taipei City has “Three Treasures”─beef noodles, pineapple shortcakes and Yuan-Zai, and it is exciting to see those children embark on a journey to experience Taipei, Mayor Hao declared. Hao also stressed that this learning experience can facilitate the exchanges between two cities, and invited every child to enjoy this special Children’s Day. “I can’t wait to see Yuan-Zai in person, and it must have much fun,” a six-grader of Rui Feng Elementary School Lin Hui-Xin said.
This inter-municipal exchange activity was sponsored by Hakka entrepreneur and Chairman of Lao Dong Beef Noodles Liu Zheng-Xiong and Chen Tang-Peng on behalf of Chia-Te Bakery, and the beef noodles, clay oven rolls with green onion and pineapple shortcakes served to all the teachers and students demonstrated Hakka’s hospitable and grateful natures. Along with Mayor Hao and Chiarman Liu, Magistrate Chiu showed their cooking skills and shared the tomato beef noodles and clear broth stewed beef noodles with the attendees, making them relish the cuisine. Magistrate Chiu then delivered a certificate of appreciation to Lao Dong, Chia-Te, Easy Card Corporation and Taipei City government to express the County’s thanks for their unconditional support and sponsorship.
The Hsinchu County government has always highly respected the importance of education development, and has injected over 40% of the total budget into the education every year. Based on the vision of Hsinchu County’s educational blueprint─“Cultivation of Reading Habits, Arts and Culture Development, Technological Innovation, International Perspective,” 10 Philanthropic Libraries have been built to help students get into the habit of reading and mobile learning has been promoted to help rural schools get in line with the globe through information education. In addition, the County engaged on the cooperation with private BOYO Social Welfare Foundation to carry out rural remedial teaching and HuaXia Foundation to give away warm charity breakfast. The 2013 Happy Cities of Taiwan Survey and 2013 Administrative Satisfaction Survey both marked and indicated the County’s great strides in the development of cultures, education and environmental protection, and those are the collective achievements shared by all Hsinchu County’s citizens.
Source: Hsinchu County Government’s Department of Education
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