Mon, Oct 16, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Taichung holds `vigor day' for foreign spouses

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

The Taichung City government yesterday sponsored an "international vigor day" for school children born to foreign spouses and their parents in the hope of helping them integrate into local society.

Speaking at the opening of the fair held at the Jen Ai Elementary School, Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) welcomed the immigrants to the city and promised that the municipal authorities will do their best to help their children fit into the local education system.

Networking

In addition to helping the children of foreign spouses, Hu said, the Taichung city government has also set up a network to offer assistance to foreign mothers and fathers wishing to improve their relationships with their children and their husbands or wives.

To help both children and parents better understand local customs and everyday life in Taichung, a series of activities, such as writing, singing and reciting contests, were held to entertain the children and their foreign parents, mostly from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Lots of spouses

According to a spokesman for the municipal education bureau, more than 2,100 children born to foreign spouses are presently studying at the city's elementary and junior high schools.

Aimed at helping the more-than 3,000 foreign spouses living in Taichung to quickly familiarize themselves with local culture and lifestyles, the bureau has also opened special adult education classes.

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