On August 30, Ambassador Peter Chia-yen Chen officially handed over a collection of textbooks to the Minister of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Skills Training, Shawn Edward , during a presentation to the ministry.
The Mandarin textbooks, “Let’s Learn Chinese”, have been published and donated by the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) of Taiwan, which is identified as suitable for primary and secondary levels.
According to a Taiwanese official, the goal of the exercise is to help cultivate students’ ability to use Mandarin to communicate in everyday life.
During the presentation, Ambassador Chen said that there has been a growing demand for learning Mandarin over the past decades. He noted that Taiwan’s teaching materials are diverse, teaching methods are varied, and learning models have matured in recent years in combination with smart teaching, digital technology and innovation.
“All of these educational assets are the products of an ideal democratic system and therefore fully meet the requirements of Saint Lucia, which shares the same values of freedom and democracy,” Ambassador Chen said.
He added, “Learning Mandarin opens up a new world and new markets for young people to explore. We sincerely hope that through the adoption of the Mandarin textbook provided by Taiwan, teachers and students will have a better learning experience, as well as feel empowered and confident to pursue their passion and dreams.
Ambassador Chen also introduced two new Mandarin teachers, Ting Ting Lu and Yu-Ling Lin, noting that the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will continue to work with Minister Edward and Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff. Education to provide top-notch educational opportunities. in Saint Lucia.
Meanwhile, the Minister acknowledged the support of the government and people of Taiwan for their collaboration on several projects that contribute to the development of Saint Lucia, including health care and agriculture.
Edward said the teaching of foreign languages – including Mandarin – is in line with the government’s desire to prepare Saint Lucians to become global citizens. Mandarin teaching, he said, will initially be a pilot project targeting two schools. Monitoring and evaluation will be carried out with a view to replicating the initiative in other schools.
“To prepare a child or young citizen to be a global citizen, they need more than the traditional subjects that we are used to teaching them from kindergarten,” Edward noted. “We recognized the need for our children to be able to speak more than the mother tongue. It is in this context that we have agreed to integrate the teaching of Mandarin into our school system.