KFEF Programs

【Foreword】

In recent years, education in Taiwan has become polarized. This trend can be attributed to the following issues:

    • The emergence of an M-shaped society:A growing divide between the rich and the poor that causes the middle class to diminish. When this happens, children of lower income households are hit the hardest, particularly when it comes to educational opportunities.
    • An academic system which strictly focuses on test results:Students who underperform in this narrow curriculum tend to be left behind, and the Taiwanese maxim of an equal emphasis on the five elements of education (moral, intellectual, physical, social, aesthetic) becomes an empty promise.
    • Regional disparities:Schools in urban areas are typically well-equipped with both human and material resources, whereas in remote or rural areas, these resources are lacking.
    • Changes in the admission system: College admissions prioritize academic achievements, competition results, and skill set development. Children from lower-income households cannot afford tutors, additional schooling, or the fees to enter competitions or acquire certificates.

As a result, underprivileged children, children living in remote or rural areas, and children who are academically underperforming can be limited in their prospects. These limitations can be counterproductive to keeping these children engaged in their studies and motivated to make positive contributions to society.

【Programs】

To help children overcome these setbacks, we developed three programs, HOPE , CARE and Science Education, to offer disadvantaged and academically underperforming students opportunities to learn and build their self-confidence. Our strategies are to work with selected schools to establish skill development courses, to create service-learning opportunities, to enlist volunteers to help underprivileged students, to encourage a societal servant attitude and to prepare them to optimize their own success. It is our hope that through the cultivation of altruistic values and expanded perspectives, we can collectively make powerful and sustainable contributions to societal, educational and economic development.

【What′s Special About Our Programs】

    • Our programs provide learning opportunities, not scholarships.
    • Our courses are designed to teach and equip students with trade-specific skill sets that have long term value.
    • Our courses are supplementary to public schooling and are held on weekends.
    • We collaborate with local industries, offering students early familiarization with various potential career paths.
    • Our programs are designed to motivate self-discovery and for students to pursue relevant certificates.
    • Students in the program participate in school-organized community service.
    • Students′ accomplishments and educational growth are closely tracked.
    • Volunteers regularly contact or visit students to provide additional support.

▌PROGRAM #1
HOPE: Hands-on Opportunities in Practical Education (Junior High School)

HOPE aims to help academically underperforming students regain confidence through hands-on learning of trade-specific skill sets. The program also aims to help financially disadvantaged students acquire skills that are useful to building a professional career in the future.

Goals:

    • Educational Equity:No child should be left behind.
    • Learning Interest:Participation in courses which are of interest to students but are not offered in public schools inspires an enduring predisposition to re-engage over time.
    • Nurturing Confidence:Build confidence through successful skill and ability discovery and development.
    • Well Rounded Attitude:Cultivate motivation to help each other and form a bedrock of a virtuous cycle.

Strategies:

    • Trade-Specific Courses:Taking into account the appropriate training for working in local industries, schools retain instructors to offer free weekend courses, allowing at-risk students to acquire helpful, career-oriented skills.
    • Academic Counseling:In addition to helping students acquire trade-specific skill sets, our programs also encourage students to develop interests in diverse learning. Together with public schooling, students are encouraged to explore their full potential.
    • Certification Counseling:Encourage and support students to take the national technician certification tests and recommend them to visit or intern with reputable companies.
    • Giving Back:Schools arrange for students to participate in community service programs so that they may apply what they′ve  learned to help social welfare organizations, promote accountability and be inspired to be good global citizens.

Progress:

    • Spread Love:The 2019 Baking and Pastry class delivered free bread to T.F.C.F. Family Helper Center, Huashan Social Welfare Foundation, and low-income families in Lugu. The Electric Machinery Service/Repair and Cosmetology classes provided services to senior residents at the Baoyou Elderly Care Center.
    • Positive Attitude:Students have become more eager to learn, more confident, more willing to help others and more optimistic.

Improved Relationships:Students′ increased positivity also improved their relationships with their teachers and parents.

Application period
2H2019
1H2020
2H2020
1H2021
2H2021
1H2022
2H2022
1H2023
2H2023
1H2024
Number of schools
6 19 31 27 37
Number of classes
10 26 37 36 46
Student number
136 344 493 480 606
Number of Class C licenses
29 33 47 61 in progress
Number of winners in National Competitions
(Top Three)
12 4 in progress
Participate in counties and cities
Nantou County
  1. Nantou County
  2. Taichung City
  3. Changhua County
  4. Yunlin County
  5. Miaoli County
  1. Nantou County
  2. Taichung City
  3. Changhua County
  4. Yunlin County
  5. Miaoli County
  6. Chiayi County
  1. Nantou County
  2. Taichung City
  3. Changhua County
  4. Yunlin County
  5. Miaoli County
  6. Chiayi County
  1. Nantou County
  2. Taichung City
  3. Changhua County
  4. Yunlin County
  5. Miaoli County
  6. Chiayi County
  7. Taoyuan City
  8. Tainan City
  9. Penghu County

*Note: The red marks are the newly added counties and cities in the current year.

Looking Forward:

We continue to partner with the existing six counties and schools. Beginning in September 2023 to June 2024, we expect to invite schools in Hsinchu County, Taoyuan City and Tainan County to join the program.

▌PROGRAM #2
CARE: Community Action and Resource Education (Senior High School)

CARE offers underprivileged senior high school students the opportunity to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals while also learning the importance of helping others. This program is designed to equip its participants with ability and empowerment as a result of helping others at school and through community service. We hope to show them the positive ripple effect in spreading love.

Goals:

    • Fulfill Dreams:With the goal of giving every student an equal opportunity to develop their abilities, this program puts participants on a journey to discover and realize their dreams.
    • Good Samaritan Values:By helping others in need, students will understand that, in a mutual aid society, every individual′s contribution is valuable.
    • Good People:Giving is an act of love that every person has the power to perform. Practicing altruism is not only key to greater good but also personal good.

Strategies:

    • Trade-focused Courses:Schools either select or recommend students for the program, and work with them to strengthen their trade specific education or collaborate with local industries to design training courses that develop industry knowledge and professional skills.
    • Institution Integration:We seek suitable social or public service institutions where the students will have an opportunity to bring their youthful energy to these organizations.
    • Building Motivation / Service Records:Encourage students to study, enter competitions or take the national technician certification tests; introduce a mechanism to encourage students to participate in public service.
    • Diverse Curriculum:Provide opportunities for high-quality interdisciplinary courses/camps where students can participate thereby expanding their global perspectives.

Progress:

    • Schools reported that supported students were motivated to study hard and actively plan for future goals
Application period
2H2019
1H2020
2H2020
1H2021
2H2021
1H2022
2H2022
1H2023
2H2023 1H2024
Number of schools
6 9 19 29 36
Student number
63 180 370 605 762
Number of Class C licenses
25 68 230 390 in progress
Number of winners in National Competitions
(Top Three)
-1 3 11 16 19
Participate in counties and cities
Nantou County
  1. Nantou County
  2. Taichung City
  3. Changhua County
  4. Yunlin County
  5. Chiayi County
  1. Nantou County
  2. Taichung City
  3. Changhua County
  4. Yunlin County
  5. Chiayi County
  6. Miaoli County
  1. Nantou County
  2. Taichung City
  3. Changhua County
  4. Yunlin County
  5. Chiayi County
  6. Miaoli County
  1. Nantou County
  2. Taichung City
  3. Changhua County
  4. Yunlin County
  5. Miaoli County
  6. Chiayi County
  7. Tainan City

*Note: The red marks are the newly added counties and cities in the current year.

Looking Forward:

Partnering schools reported that this program had been of great help to students′ families in strained circumstances, and that this program had generated greater enthusiasm among the teachers. In the past, they were able to provide limited assistance with available funds, but with the funding from the CARE program, they had been able to expand the scope.

 

▌PROGRAM #3

Science Education

Science Education(Junior High School)

Using school-based curriculum combined with scientific inquiry and practical courses, students will cultivate various abilities, stimulate their interest in learning, and assist teachers in developing new teaching methods through the hands-on experience and environmental connection process.

Goals:

  • Create science activity programs which encompass scientific experiments to assist in better understanding science and develop a variety of abilities.
  • Effective promotion of science education.
  • Introduce core classes for STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics ) education.

Strategies:

  • Develop teaching materials and methods suitable for science education in disadvantaged areas.
  • Through the implementation and effective promotion of science education, we hope to inspire and assist local teachers to improve their teaching skills and methods.

Progress:

  • 1H2022:Chang Hua County Huatan junior high school was invited to participate in the cooperation program benefiting a total of 25 students.
  • 2H2022-1H2023:The Department of Physics of National Chung Hsing University and Nantou County Mingjian Junior High School were invited to join the project, and a total of 60 students benefited.

Looking Forward:

After a successful rollout of the program, the Chang Hua County Huatan junior high school will become the benchmark school for the program. We plan to offer the program to other schools in additional counties with a goal to further expose more children to science education.

KFF HomeRun National Science Competition (Junior and Senior High School)

We plan to hold the Competitions for junior high school and senior high school students. We hope to promote the learning model with STEM education and to encourage students to design thinking about project implementation. We use practical designing with Arduino、ESP、Microbit to stimulate students’ creativity. By integrating knowledge of different disciplines, Students can solve natural science problems.

Goals:

  • Implement the learning process of natural science exploration and implementation, combine electronic technology and engineering structures, and use procedural computing thinking to effectively solve life and learning problems.
  • Carry out scientific creation through teamwork, properly use scientific and technological tools, materials and resources, train students to practice, and design scientific and creative works based on the scientific knowledge they have learned.

Strategies:

  • Through the process of connecting hands-on experience with the environment, meaningful learning goals are achieved.
  • Through this project, science education and practical learning processes can be implemented and effectively promoted.

Progress:

Improve students’ integration ability and inquiry spirit in using technological tools, materials and resources, cultivate their scientific knowledge, hands-on practice and knowledge-seeking habits, and integrate them into daily life.

Looking Forward:

Improve students’ integration ability and inquiry spirit in using technological tools, materials and resources, cultivate their scientific knowledge, hands-on practice and knowledge-seeking habits, and integrate academic knowledge into daily life.

STEAM Science Education Program (Elementary and Junior High School)

Nurturing teachers with professional competence in STEAM teaching. Through the design of STEAM curriculum modules, teachers’ science literacy development ability can be enhanced. Teachers are encouraged to promote courses in related fields of science in schools through research and development, exchange and sharing.

Goals:

  • Strengthen teachers to develop STEAM education curriculum modules to provide students with more scientific learning opportunities and resources.
  • Assist counties and cities to cultivate seed teachers who promote STEAM education.

Strategies:

  • Based on the indicators established by the advisory committee of the STEAM teaching profession, the evaluation is carried out on the produced teaching and education resource module.
  • Use student feedback sheets to understand students’ learning effectiveness and further improve teaching quality.

Progress:

In the first year, we will start from Nantou County and invite 8 junior high schools and elementary schools in the county to carry out trial operations

Looking Forward:

  • Through the design of STEAM curriculum modules, teachers’ science literacy development ability can be enhanced.
  • The seminar is suitable for STEAM education-related teaching materials for schools with limited resources.
  • Teachers are encouraged to promote courses in related fields of science in schools through research and development, exchange and sharing.

Fun Science On Saturday(Elementary and Junior High School)

 

Promoting science education through science activities on Saturday, enhancing students’ interest in science by engaging them in hands-on activities, is also currently one of the missions of universities.

Goals:

  • Cultivate students’ basic literacy, and cultivate students’ basic abilities and professional knowledge.
  • Build a cross-disciplinary learning environment to enhance hands-on and problem-solving skills.
  • Finally, I hope that students can have the ability to innovate

Strategies:

  • The abstract scientific knowledge is conveyed to students through easy-to-understand science teaching aids and educational modes, so as to reduce students’ fear of science and enhance students’ learning.
  • Through in-depth science activities, students’ enthusiasm for learning is unleashed and the seeds of science can be nurtured for the future.

Progress:

January 2024 to December 2024:In the last week of each month, it will be handled at National Chung Hsing University(Academy of Circular Economy), and will be freely registered by students from grade 5 to grade 9.

Looking Forward:

Through simple science experiments designed by professors in various fields, children are introduced to understand abstract scientific knowledge, hoping that science will take root and cultivate students’ scientific knowledge.