HSBC Kids Read – on En­vi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity

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.

Dozens of HSBC staff vol­un­teers joined the project and led four Kids Read com­mu­nity events this year with fun and mo­ti­vat­ing story-telling ac­tiv­i­ties. A re­cent event was or­gan­ised in Guandu Na­ture Park on May 24 where games and ac­tiv­i­ties were in­cor­po­rated into the pic­ture books The Very Hun­gry Cater­pil­lar and Shar­ing a Shell. In ad­di­tion to the num­bers, days of the week, lives of dif­fer­ent an­i­mals in­tro­duced in the books, kids learned the im­por­tance of shar­ing and in­creased their aware­ness of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. Par­ents who joined a work­shop by the Bri­tish Coun­cil trainer de­scribed the work­shop as “in­spi­ra­tional” and ex­pressed their in­ten­tion to read English books more of­ten with kids at home in the fu­ture.

With the do­nated books from HSBC and com­mu­nica­tive teach­ing ap­proaches demon­strated by the Bri­tish Coun­cil, read­ing has be­come a far more pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence for Dali El­e­men­tary School in Wan­hua Dis­trict and Fude El­e­men­tary School in Xinyi Dis­trict, Taipei, both of them par­tic­i­pat­ing schools of the Kids Read project. “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,” said a teacher in Fude.

Ruth Lee, Vice Pres­i­dent of Cor­po­rate Sus­tain­abil­ity, HSBC Bank ( Tai­wan) Limited, stated, “HSBC fo­cuses on ed­u­ca­tion through in­vest­ment of re­sources and em­ployee vol­un­teer­ing. In ad­di­tion to spon­sor­ing the Kids Read pro­gramme, HSBC also en­gages our em­ploy­ees to be sto­ry­telling and on- site sup­port vol­un­teers in com­mu­nity events, help­ing par­ents and chil­dren to ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to English read­ing and en­joy the hap­pi­ness from the in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing process.”

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.

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