Sun, Jan 11, 2009 - Page 3 News List

Premier calls for public generosity, help for children

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) yesterday urged the public and schools to join the government’s education assistance project while donating NT$397,906 to 10 disadvantaged children to help with their education.

Liu made the donation at a news conference to promote the Ministry of Education’s “education savings-account project.”

Liu said the government had the obligation to guarantee that each child receives education and that the project, which aims to achieve that goal through a long-term, public and transparent mechanism, would promote this goal.

Launched on Jan. 1 last year, the project allows the public to make online donations to help fund the education of disadvantaged children. Individual accounts for such children have been set up on the Web site www.edusave.edu.tw by the ministry, in collaboration with schools registered with and approved by city or county governments.

Admitting there was still room for improvement regarding the execution of the project, Liu urged more city and county governments to heed President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) appeal to “feel the pain of the people.”

“At a time when the economy is sluggish … contributions like this are especially important,” Liu said.

He said the ministry would soon implement a more comprehensive “education safety net” to ensure children’s education.

The Executive Yuan said the “education savings-account project” has so far received 3,453 donations totaling NT$28.7 million (US$866,000) for 1,963 children. The ministry has also invested NT$200 million in schools participating in the project, including 2,115 elementary and junior high schools and 179 national senior high schools and vocational high schools.

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