Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Students from two elementary schools in the central county of Chiayi have been doing small community jobs and giving street performances to raise money to participate in summer festivals in Europe.
A trip to Europe to see a different world and meet people of other cultures is an aspiration of many Taiwanese school children, including those from Alishan Elementary and Second School and Neipu Elementary School in Chiayi County.
Students from the Alishan school, mostly from the indigenous Tsou tribe, are scheduled to tour Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia July 15 to August 3, performing aboriginal dances at summer festivals.
A folk music group from the Neipu school, meanwhile, are preparing to play Taiwanese folk songs on traditional instruments at festivals in central Europe from June 27 and July 17.
Chiayi County Magistrate Chang Hua-kuan on Thursday presented the national flag to the two groups of students, saying it is admirable that they are taking the initiative to do small jobs and give street performances so that they can realize their dreams.
She also expressed her appreciation for the financial assistance offered by Amway Hope Maker Charity Foundation to make the children's trips possible.
Taiwanese music and dance groups have become regulars at folk festivals in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and in recent years, and children's and teenage performance groups from Taiwan have been adding exotic color to some summer folk festivals in those countries.
(By Huang Kuo-fang and Lillian Lin)