Two Taiwan elementary schools team up to provide unique learning experiences

While New Taipei students learned Taroko tribe customs, Hualian students found out about virtual reality and bilingual education

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(K-12 Education Administration, Ministry of Education photo)

(K-12 Education Administration, Ministry of Education photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Xilin Elementary School (西林國) in Wanrung Township (萬榮鄉), Hualien County, has teamed up with Pai-Yun Elementary School (白雲國小) in Xizhi District (汐止區), New Taipei City, under the Ministry of Education’s “Urban-Rural Collaborative Learning Program.”

Thirty students from each school took part in an exchange visit to experience a “homestay” boarding school life. After the homestay ended, students used video conferencing to continue their friendships.

As Xilin has few students, most of them participated in the program. Most of them are members of the indigenous Taroko tribe. In January this year, Pai-Yun students spent six days in Xilin, experiencing Taroko customs such as knitting, river trekking, and hunting.

On the final day of the Xilin students’ three-day homestay, they took classes in bilingual education and virtual reality as well as went on a field trip to Shuinandong, Jinguashi, and Jiufen. As Pao-Yun is close to Academia Sinica, an Academia Sinica-themed course was included in the collaborative learning curriculum.

(K-2 Education Administration, Ministry of Education video)

(K-2 Education Administration, Ministry of Education photos)