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Inaktu-pasnanavan! Back to School! The 2021 Fall Semester Indigenous Weekend Child Care Program

  The 2021 Fall Semester Indigenous Weekend Child Care Program sponsored by the Indigenous Peoples Commission, Taipei City Government is now open for registration. Designed for children aged between 3 and 6, the program offers a spectrum of courses characterized by indigenous culture to facilitate cultural and linguistic heritage for indigenous children residing in urban settings and promote their intellectual development and interpersonal interactions. 
 
  The program has a theme of Inaktu-pasnanavan My Classroom in the Tribe. inaktu-pasnanavan is the Bunun language for my school, meaning studio of culture in for children residing in an urban setting, in which they can learn their indigenous cultural characters and develop their originality and imagination. What is particularly noteworthy of the program is that it features endangered indigenous languages worldwide and Austronesian languages in addition to those in Taiwan so that the participants may benefit from a more global perspective and expand their knowledge about worldwide indigenous cultures. The program will be centered upon ballads, storybooks and games derived from the words they have learnt.
 
  The program is expected to last from September 12 to October 24, 2021 with class meetings from 8 AM to 5 PM on weekends. Refer to the brochure for details of the 12 sessions. Classes will meet at Kangning Non-profit Kindergarten located at No. 18, Aly. 93, Ln. 189, Sec. 3, Kangning Rd., Neihu Dist., Taipei City. In response to the COVID pandemic, the kindergarten will be disinfected twice daily. 80% of our faculty members have been vaccinated. Those that are not fully vaccinated or those receiving the second dose within the last 14 days of their attendance will be asked to provide their quick-test result or PCR negative report within the past 3 days of the program and will be required to take a test on a weekly basis. Faculty members and students will be required to wear a mask, wash their hands regularly, be tested for their temperatures at least twice per day, and continue practicing social distancing. During meals, dividers will be used, with properly distanced seating arrangements. Verbal communication while eating is strictly prohibited.
 
  There will be 2 classes admitted for the program, which is open not only to children of indigenous peoples but also up to 4 non-indigenous ones per class in order to facilitate mutual understanding and respect. Registration will last through 5 PM, September 11, 2021. Those who qualify are encouraged to register early. Questions may be directed to the Facebook fan page by searching “Indigenous Weekend Child Care” or our hotline at 0965-370-710. Ask for Ms. Chen.