U.S. Eco-Campus Representatives visit Junyi School for Innovative Learning in Taitung

On July 22nd, delegation of eco-campus from United States visited Junyi School for Innovative Learning in Taitung. Vice principal, Mr. Anthony Cluver, introduced the core concept of Junyi’s environmental education. Chairman, Stanley Yen, was calling for preservation of the aborigines’ traditional culture and expecting exchange programs between Taiwanese and American students and teachers.

The Eco-Campus Program co-hosted by Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan and United States Environmental Protection Agency invited 9 environmental education experts(most of them are principals of elementary school) to exchange experiences with their partner schools in New Taipei City, Taitung County, Chaiyi County and Tainan City during July 20th and 24th. Upon their arrival, Stanley Yen and principal Huang hosted the welcome meeting. Vice Principal Anthony Cluver delivered a 20-minute presentation to introduce the environment and educational idea of Junyi School for Innovative Learning followed by the experience sharing session hosted by Stanly Yen.

Stanley Yen put strong emphasis on the possibility of establishing exchange programs for both students and teachers and called for perseveration of aborigines’ traditional culture. Yen also introduced the green building design being applied in the campus and tribal story exploration courses to delegation of the eco-campus program.

In addition to Junyi School for Innovative Learning, the delegation also visited Bin-Mao Junior High School. Apart from Principal Hung’s introduction of the environmental education facilities in their campus, students performed the traditional folk dance that truly expresses the spirit of traditional aborigine’s culture. Memeberof the delegation were all amazed by their performance.

The delegation will continue their visit to Nan Hua elementary school, Yuan Ann elementary school in Tainan City and Affiliated Experimental Elementary School of Naiontal Chiayi University. Furthermore, they are going to visit Taijiang National Park, which certified as an environmental education facility in the coming days. It is expected that these visits will deepen delegation members’ understanding of Taiwan’s current situation and characteristic in the field of environmental education.