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Chairman's Statement

To Lift Underprivileged Children from the Endless Cycle of Poverty

The education gap in Taiwan is a serious problem, accentuated by the fact that high school admission in Taiwan relies solely on testing results. An aspiring student at the best high school in Taiwan(Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School) must attain a grade of 290, while many students from the rural areas can barely hit the 50 mark. At their 5th grade benchmark, many of these students know neither addition nor subtraction. The situation is just as bad with English, where many underprivileged children fall behind in the curriculum and give up the language altogether.

We should be aware of this fact: The majority of children from poor families perform worse academically, and the majority of poor families do not give their children enough impetus to excel. Losing hope, these children become less competitive as they grow up and enter the workforce, and completely abandon the desire to financially better themselves. The rift between rich and poor will only grow wider if the current trend continues to play out.

To put a stop to this downward cycle, we need to properly educate these underprivileged children. Noticing that most underprivileged children are academically behind because they do not do their homework at home, Boyo was founded to counteract the trend. We invite these students to join us in a classroom setting at night, picking up learning where they left off at school.

 

Vision and Objectives of Chairman

Richard Chia-Tung Lee, our chairman, has insisted that “never let poor children fall into perpetual poverty”. He proposed following vision and objectives for the underprivileged children (Lee, R. C. T., United Daily News, 2003).

The difficulties of underprivileged children’s education and learning
Vision and objectives
1. They can not afford tuition and lunch fees. The government issues food stamps to low-income families.
2. They can not afford reference books and tutoring centers. Moreover, most of their parents can not help them in learning due to limited time and knowledge. The Ministry of Education should publish a number of cheap reference books.
3. With low academic achievements, they are unable to continue studies or to be enrolled in private senior or vocational high schools. The Ministry of Education hires university students to tutor underprivileged children.
4. They might be recruited by the underworld to engage in illegal activities such as the sale of pirated CDs. The government must pay attention to the problem that the underworld lures underprivileged children.

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