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One couple divorces every 10 minutes in Taiwan
不到十分鐘 台灣就有一對夫妻離婚

A woman prepares a mannequin in a window display in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Feb. 4.
一位女士二月四日在巴西聖保羅市準備窗前陳列的人體模型。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

On April 10, World Vision Taiwan president Tu Ming-han said statistics from the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics under the Executive Yuan show that there were 50,700 divorces in Taiwan last year, which is an average of one divorce every 10 minutes or so. Tu says Taiwanese society needs to work on rebuilding family values.

Several churches in Taiwan and World Vision Taiwan are holding events in cities and counties across Taiwan on April 29, during which they will march to promote family harmony. The main theme of the event is “maintaining marraige vows” to this end, urging people to preserve the bond that exists between child and parent and husband and wife, and rebuild family values.

Tu says a high divorce rate means there is an increase in the number of broken families. In recent years, child abuse cases have been on the rise, and one child dies from abuse every week. Seventy-two percent of cases of child abuse were perpetrated by biological or adoptive parents. Another survey showed that 33 percent of parents interviewed admitted they spend less than five minutes a day talking with their children, showing that family relationships are in urgent need of mending.

Huang Nai-yu, director of the Taiwan Council on Family Life Education, says that “love has to be learned,” and as 10 years have already passed since Taiwan passed the world’s first Family Education Law in 2003, it is time to review the legislation. Huang calls on the Ministry of Education, which is charge of administering the law, to encourage parents to take a more active interest in their children’s education at home instead of letting the schools’ teachers turn into “babysitters.”

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. rebuild v.

重建 (chong2 jian4)

例: They are rebuilding the town after the devastation wrought by the hurricane.

(他們在颶風所造成的荒廢後重建小鎮。)

2. mend v.

修補 (xiu1 bu3)

例: How do you mend a broken heart?

(如何修補一顆破碎的心?)

3. babysitter n.

保母 (bao2 mu3)

例: I think he’s finally old enough to stay at home alone. He doesn’t need a babysitter.

(我覺得他年紀終於夠大,可以自己在家,不用保母了。)


台灣世界展望會會長杜明翰四月十日指出,根據行政院主計總處統計,去年高達五萬七千對夫妻離婚,平均不到十分鐘即有一對夫妻離婚。杜明翰籲台灣社會應積極重建家庭價值。

台灣眾教會與世展會將於四月二十九日,在各縣市舉辦「活力台灣、幸福家庭快樂義走」活動,以「守約」為幸福家庭主題,呼籲社會大眾遵守親子與夫妻間愛的盟約,重建家庭價值。

杜明翰指出,高離婚率顯示破碎家庭增多,近年兒虐事件頻傳,平均每一週就有一名兒童受虐致死,施虐者身分又以父母、養父母佔七成二最高。過去調查顯示,百分之三十三受訪家長坦承每天和孩子聊天不到五分鐘,可見修補家庭關係的迫切。

家庭生活教育專業人員協會理事長黃迺毓強調,「愛是要學習的!」二00三年,台灣通過全世界第一部家庭教育法,至今十年已該檢視,呼籲主管該法的教育部,應努力推動家庭教育,不要讓學校老師變成「保母」。

(自由時報記者謝文華)

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