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Tim Chen, Chief Organizer of Taiwan Homeschool and founder of Taiwan Homeschool Advocates said home education is a way of learning outside established school institutions adding that Taiwan has been quite successful in the area of home school education as compared to other countries and areas such as China and Hong Kong where home education is banned and in Japan, it is not recognized by the government. In Taiwan, because of the passage of the law, the rights of home school-educated children are legally protected and they have access to school facilities such as clubs, swimming pools, etc. And if the children are between 15 and 18, they can receive a subsidy of around USD$ 2,000 per year from the government. Homeschooling has been legalized in Taiwan since June 1999. Thanks to home school education advocates such as Tim Chen who said he had to attend a lot of meetings, public hearings, write articles in the newspapers, produce documentaries, etc.
Tim Chen, Chief Organizer of Taiwan Homeschool and founder of Taiwan Homeschool Advocates has been promoting home education since 2003 in Taiwan and has also been advocating education choice since 2007.He said home education is successful in Taiwan and he started home education when his daughter was only 5 in 2003. There were only around 100 students by then but today Tim Chen said the number has grown to more than 7,000 home-educated students.Tim Chen has been a board member of GHEC (Global Home Education Conference) Advisory Board since 2016.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) gained its independence from the Great Britain in 1979 and has had diplomatic ties with Taiwan since 1981.The Embassy of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) was opened in August in Taipei in 2019. August this year marks the first year of the opening of the Embassy and two Vincentian students Nicketha Toney and Cerelia Aberdee said during the interview that Vincentian students form an association which has a close connection with the Embassy in Taiwan adding that the Embassy has provided assistance to them since its establishment. There are more than 100 Vincentian (SVG) students studying in Taiwan at the moment.
Bruno Duparc has served as the director of Alliance Française Taiwan since September 2016 and his term will expire at the end of August. Alliance Française has centers in 135 countries in the world with the aim to promote the French language learning and culture. Bruno Duparc’s next post will be Sri Lanka and he said he is impressed with the hospitality of the Taiwanese. Even though he is leaving Taiwan, Taiwan will always have a place in his heart so in a way, he never actually leaves Taiwan. Bruno Duparc has been posted in many countries in the world including Australia and Madagascar.
The German Trade Office Taipei, with offices at 130 locations in over 90 countries, was established in 1981 and the Chief representative and Executive Director, Mr.Axel Limberg said his office is to promote bilateral trade between Taiwan and Germany. Mr.Axel Limberg has been in Taiwan since 2017 and he said he is happy to be in Taiwan to help German companies start their business operations in Taiwan and to help Taiwanese companies interested in investing in Germany. As one of the most important services of The German Trade Office Taipei is to promote trade relations, this month they will take part in the Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition running from August 19th to 22nd and there will be a German Pavilion with 11 world leading companies showcasing their products and technology. During the exhibition,the German Trade Office Taipei and the Taiwanese Smart Machinery Promotion Office will also jointly host the German Industry 4.0 Seminar. Axel Limberg, Chief Representative and Executive Director of the German Trade Office Taipei said his office is pleased to inform that Taipei Automation 2020 is the first B2B industrial trade fair which is going to take place despite the current COVID-19 pandemic emphasizing that Industry 4.0 will be the key to a modern industry and future prosperity.