Yuanta has long had a commitment to the underprivileged, sparing no effort in promoting education and believing deeply that education is the cornerstone for improving lives and achieving dreams. As such, we strive to help underprivileged groups in our society learn and grow, helping children stand tall and reach their full potential by embracing their passions and dreams. In particular, the Yuanta Cultural and Educational Foundation is committed to providing education and after-school tutoring to children in rural areas. To help rural children enjoy the same educational opportunities as their urban counterparts, we established the Yuanta and Fu Jen University Dreams Take Flight Scholarship program, assisting children in completing their studies and building their self-confidence, while also making society as a whole a more caring place. In addition, by providing scholarships to gifted but economically-disadvantaged children, we ensure that they can complete their studies even in spite of the difficulties they face.
The Yuanta Cultural and Educational Foundation launched the second Dream Big Plan in July 2017, selecting six target units to serve different groups, but with a shared faith in the plan’s ability to provide rural communities with a launchpad for new journeys. Through the Dream Big Plan, educational programs are integrated with Yuanta volunteer groups around Taiwan to provide a platform for shared resources and bigger dreams.
|Type||Unit (s) | Dream Big Plan|
|Arts and Culture Publishing||Artist Association of Public Welfare ： “Me and My Mom”SEA Immigrants Documentary Publishing Project|
|Talent Cultivation||Taiwan Professional Boxing Association ： “Pangu Splits Heaven and Earth”Talent Training Program|
|Talent Cultivation||Taoyuan Municipal JieShou Junior High School ：“New Songs for Indigenous Voices—My Future is not a Dream” Music Program|
|Serving Old and Young||Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary (Sheng’ai Villa) ： “Love Links Villages” Program|
|Science Education||National Erh-lin Industrial and Commercial Vocational High School (Wahaha Science Service Team) ： Do Your Own Science! Dream Big Plan|
|Community Development||New Taipei Community Workers Association ： Red Silk-Cotton—Education for the Underprivileged Program|
The Yuanta Cultural and Educational Foundation is committed to giving back to society as we benefit from it, and to this end is actively involved in a number of cultural, educational, and social philanthropic activities. This is also part of our efforts to uphold our corporate social responsibility. Working together with Fu Jen Catholic University in the hopes that our existence will be a blessing to others, we have launched the Yuanta and Fu Jen University Dreams Take Flight Program, further doing our part for education in remote rural communities. With the project now in its seventh year, the Yuanta Cultural and Educational Foundation has earned the long-term support of the Ministry of Education for our efforts to help the underprivileged get access to education and create a virtuous cycle. Their affirmation and encouragement were made all the more clear in 2017 as the Foundation was granted the Ministry’s highest honor, the Crystal Award for Donations to Educational Institutions.
The Dreams Take Flight Scholarship Program has played a significant role in the cultivation of talented students from rural areas; over 7 years it has assisted 774 young students, of whom more than 100 students have now graduated successfully. Yuanta launched this scholarship program with the hope that it would help create new opportunities in children's lives, allowing them to focus on their studies, and, through the mentorship and support of Yuanta and Fu Jen University, realize that as long as they work hard, life will have unlimited possibilities.
The Ministry of Education's "Digital Companion" program has been in operation since 2006. It uses computers, internet, video conferencing technology and online teaching platforms to nurture students from remote areas to learn and interact in class and life. The digital companion program is also a key project in the Dreams Take Flight Program, making use of both on-site teaching from local educators and digital tutoring, with resources and support coming from both governmental and private sources. In the Dreams Take Flight Program, Fu Jen University recruits college mentors to provide twice-weekly after-school tutoring services to rural students, offering a student-centered learning environment to participants, while also promoting a spirit of social service among the university student tutors. Through the joint efforts of the Yuanta Cultural and Educational Foundation and the community, there are currently 27 partner universities in Taiwan that are engaged in online tutoring services, benefitting a total of 111 primary and secondary schools, and 1,512 students.
Since 2011, we have cooperated with the Fu Jen University's Rural Education Team to provide tutoring to rural middle school children and organize curriculums for both winter and summer schools. In this way, we help to care for these children all the way to college graduation and the completion of their higher education. As part of these efforts, the FJU team insists on respecting local cultural values in each location and making use of the most appropriate methods to provide professional tutoring. Through the winter and summer schools staffed by college students, the local children not only receive guidance and instruction, but also have a way to spend their vacations active and engaged rather than being idle. By interacting with the FJU team, they cultivate self-esteem and respect for others, while also gaining a better understanding of the value of educational resources, developing a positive attitude, and becoming more responsible. These winter and summer schools help the children continue to learn, lighten the load on parents, and provide rural children with educational opportunities on par with their urban counterparts.
Since the 2011 start of the Yuanta-FJU Dreams Take Flight Scholarship Program, some 43 “Yuanta Kids” have successfully made it to college. One of the first, Chen Endi, graduated from the Department of Music at Chinese Culture University and held her solo graduation recital at the Wenshui Arts and Cultural Center in Taipei on July 18, 2017, performing several classical pieces. Ms. Chen was a recipient of tuition assistance from the Yuanta Cultural and Educational Foundation in her sophomore year, when she participated in an exchange program that took her to Zhengzhou University in Henan, China, to further refine her skills. With a major in piano and a minor in composition theory, Ms. Chen hopes to return to her hometown to promote Aboriginal musical culture and help the local children.
Twice a year, we hold scholarship “Growth Camps,” offering these Yuanta Kids a chance to get together with their families and each other for a two-day, one-night camp to catch up and share their different experiences. Lu Tze-Han, chair of the Taiwan Rural Education Center at FJU and project director, has expressed her gratitude to Yuanta for our long-time support and assistance, and her hope that the spirit of the project will continue to blossom in the hearts of these Yuanta Kids as they pass it on to younger generations. As positive role models, they will encourage younger people to treasure hard-won opportunities and give back to the community, spreading the positive spirit of the Dreams Take Flight Program far and wide.