HSBC Kids Read – Reading is Fun in Taiwan!
A new reading experience in the classroom and at home
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.