HSBC Kids Read – Read­ing is Fun in Tai­wan!

A new read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the class­room and at home

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Kids Read, a read­ing pro­gramme aim­ing to en­cour­age pri­mary school stu­dents to read for plea­sure, is be­ing run for the first time in Taipei City and New Taipei City this year where English lan­guage pri­mary school teach­ers have been trained how to in­te­grate Kids Read ac­tiv­i­ties into their cur­rent cur­ricu­lum. More than a thou­sand stu­dents in the six par­tic­i­pat­ing schools have now had the op­por­tu­nity to read the very best chil­dren’s books in English.

For Dali El­e­men­tary School in Wan­hua Dis­trict, Taipei, where a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of stu­dents come from sin­gle- par­ent fam­i­lies, read­ing English sto­ry­books was some­thing they could not imag­ine do­ing be­fore. Now, with the do­nated books from HSBC and com­mu­nica­tive teach­ing ap­proaches demon­strated by the Bri­tish Coun­cil, read­ing has be­come a far more pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence. Stu­dents like go­ing to the li­brary more of­ten than be­fore, and some of them have even in­tro­duced new English books to one an­other.

Sam Ang, Head of Bank­ing, HSBC Bank (Tai­wan) Limited, com­mented, “Through read­ing, chil­dren can learn about dif­fer­ent cul­tures and de­velop an open mind and in­ter­na­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties when they are young.” Teach­ers in Fude, an­other par­tic­i­pat­ing school in Xinyi Dis­trict, Taipei said, “We ex­pect to bring story- read­ing to a new level. We hope that book-shar­ing will not merely stim­u­late read­ers’ in­ter­est but also lead them to a new world through read­ing.”

HSBC staff vol­un­teers have led Kids Read com­mu­nity events with fun and mo­ti­vat­ing story- telling ac­tiv­i­ties. Par­ents who joined a work­shop by the Bri­tish Coun­cil trainer on read­ing English books with kids at home de­scribed the work­shop as “ex­cit­ing” and “in­spi­ra­tional”.

Since its launch in 2011, Kids Read, an award-win­ning pro­gramme, has reached over 50,000 chil­dren in gov­ern­ment pri­mary schools in more than 10 Mid­dle Eastern and North African coun­tries with an ad­di­tional 15,000 chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­mu­nity events with their par­ents. It is now mov­ing to the Asia Pa­cific re­gion with eight coun­tries se­lected for roll- out.

A com­mu­nity event in Tam­sui El­e­men­tary School led by HSBC staff vol­un­teers.

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