On July 8, 2010, AIFF project director, Mrs. Serena Huang, had a great pleasure to meet the principals of four major schools of Chia-Yi City who were invited to learn more about the International Exchange Program AIFF sponsors. During the meeting, videos of Valdosta City, Lowndes County Schools and Azalea International Folk Fair programs were played and viewed.
After watching the DVD, the draft proposal of building an International Exchange Programs between Lowndes County School and Chia-Yi City Schools was discussed. All of the attending school principals have expressed great interest, and all agreed to join in the Exchange Programs as the hosting schools. They will all be prepared and look forward to welcoming teachers and students from Lowndes County School on June, 2011.
"Now we welcome you to Chia-Yi City, located in the plains of southwestern Taiwan, whose people were selected by the World Magazine as the happiest citizens among all 25 counties and cities in Taiwan in past years. In this lovely city, you may be most impressed with its delightful Mayor, Mayor Huang, Ming-Hui. Her vision of "education above everything!!" is both intriguing and admirable."
"No matter how hard our days, our children do not make sacrifices. No matter how poor the economy is, we do not allow a poor education. This is why I never hesitated to put 32% of our city's budget into education. Chia-Yi city's development must commit to taking education as our top priority. The competitiveness of the city is a result of its talented citizens, and talented citizens depend on high-quality education. Construction may make a city look big, but only our first-class education and our city's talents and rich culture will make our city great. This is our responsibility to the history and to the generations of Chia-Yi City"
"Under her one million dollars' sponsorship, every school in ChiaYi city has embraced and developed "one featured cultural specialty in each school," which has won the school system many national Education Gold Awards and become one of the most significant highlights of Chia-Yi City's outstanding education system.
"Mayor Huang asserts that Humanity first; Science and technology in excellence; Advanced innovation and creativity; and Global vision
"Mayor Huang has pledged to offer international education and opportunities for students to meet a higher level of competitiveness and achievement in order to succeed in a rapidly changing world and shine in the global stage."
"Students in the 7th to 9th grades will visit Ming-Shen Junior High School, with over 3,000 students enrolled. The school is a national Education Gold Award winner. It is proud to be an educational model by fulfilling its magnificent vision of cultivating all-around students by offering a variety of extra-curricular classes as a part of students' required education in middle grades."
"Students interested in a technical curriculum will visit an Industrial High School. This school is well-known for preparing students highly competent in the fields of machinery, automotive technology, electric engineering, chemical engineering, architecture, interior design, air conditioning and refrigeration. Exchange students will have hands-on experience in the diverse areas of technical education."
"Students interested in business management will visit a Commercial Vocational High School which specializes in data processing, computer science, international trade, visual, graphic communication design and all aspects of business management including accounting and finance. This school maintains an excellent foundation of a traditional business education and a flexible curriculum, preparing students to meet future possible social challenges and global needs."
"Students interested in creative arts will visit a High School of Arts. Their curricula focus on fine arts, humanities, drama, literature, music and particularly, multi-cultural aspects of Taiwanese tradition and heritage. Students from this arts school are required to take at least 20 credit hours of art-oriented courses to graduate. Our students may enjoy a distinctive cultural arts experience in this school."
We look forward to a great, successful cultural, educational exchange with Chia-Yi City Schools.