AEF awarded a grant of one million dollars to the “Inclusive Education” program of the Boyo Social Welfare Foundation (BSWF) in 2015. This program is an after school program designed for disadvantaged students who live in remote areas to reinforce their academic skills in English, mathematics, and to reduce rural-urban inequalities of learning resources. Tutoring and textbook materials for the program are free of charge. Students who have received tutoring will be kept in touch with after they graduate from junior high school to observe and support their future academic achievements.
A sponsorship amounting to NT$1,000,000 was provided to the Boyo Social Welfare Foundation in support of their Inclusive Education Program this year. Its main achievements are:
1. Offering direct tutoring sessions
2. Providing training to English and Math tutors in rural communities
3. Tracking post-graduation student outcomes
4. Extending tutoring services to cooperating institutes
Based at the junction of Zhongli District, Pingzhen District and Yangmei District in Taoyuan, Gaorong Social Care Association is comprised of devout Christians. The association is in a remote location where the majority of the residents are blue-collar workers, new immigrants and people with disadvantaged backgrounds. Shi-Nian Yang, an Honorary Professor from the Department of Computer Science in Tsing Hua University, has served as the Chairman of the association for years. Yang and his wife Yui-Whei Chen-Yang, who is an Appointed Professor of Chemistry in Chung Yuan Christian University, spare no effort to provide diversified learning and education resources for the residents.
Years ago, AEF donated computer equipment and software to set up a computer course in the community. Many disadvantaged locals and children have benefited from this donation. This year, AEF supported GSCA with funds for the construction of the Glory Christian Church, which was completed and started functioning on October 3, 2015. This building is equipped with an auditorium with sound system, a Self-Study Center, a music classroom, etc., providing a better learning environment for the community. Disadvantaged locals, children and elderly living alone, as well as students from nearby Chungping Elementary School and Guoling Junior High School benefit from this.
The Disabled Performing Arts Group (DPAG) consists of a group of performers with different types of disabilities, including arm amputees, leg amputees, wheelchair users with rare diseases, the hearing impaired and the visually impaired. Despite their physical deficiencies, DPAG members are extremely talented. Singing and dancing are among their many talents, in addition to their proficiency with various musical instruments. DPAG is the first ensemble of performers with disabilities in Taiwan, and has performed and toured extensively throughout Taiwan and abroad. Their touching and amazing performances have brought joy and tears to many audiences.
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