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​Mayor Praises the Establishment of Taipei Migrant Worker School

​Mayor Praises the Establishment of Taipei Migrant Worker SchoolOn October 24, Mayor Ko Wen-je attended the press conference at the Mayor’s Residence Art Salon announcing the establishment of Taipei Migrant Worker School.
 
During his address, the mayor pointed out that in process of devising policy, the first thing to decide are its values. He recalled that when making the masterplan for the city administration a few years back, he began by thinking about what kind of city Taipei should be. Among the list of 4 items, one of them is “diversity and openness.” To him, the Taipei Migrant Worker School is a landmark and an opportunity to invest in the future of migrant workers, which in turn is an investment for Taipei’s future.
 
The mayor cited the fact that among non-Islamic nations in the world, only Taiwan organizes official Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Beginning in 2020, the city celebrates the Masskara Festival of the Philippines. We even saw representatives of Southeast Asian nations holding the Loi Krathong at the bank of Keelung River next to Songshan Ciyou Temple. This is not only a manifestation of Taipei’s value of “diversity and openness,” but also a gradual assimilation of other nation’s cultures into Taipei’s society.
 
Ko remarked that within Taiwan’s population, there is either a new immigrant, a migrant worker, or a second-generation immigrant for every 13 people. They are an inseparable part of Taiwanese society. As a landmark itself, the Taipei Migrant Worker School is an opportunity to invest in migrant workers, offering them better education. By enhancing their adaptiveness and work abilities, they are able to assimilate faster into society.
 
Recalling a previous trip to Malaysia, Ko noted that some of the ministers and deputy ministers he met actually studied in Taiwan as overseas students in their youth. Mayor Hřib of Prague is an example: his experience as an exchange student in Taiwan has an important influence on his disposition today.
 
Mayor Ko stressed that Taipei Migrant Worker School is not a physical institution at this point. It will seek to integrate the online with the offline, with the majority of activities taking place over the internet. In the future, the city government has plans to establish a brick-and-mortar migrant worker school to serve the migrant worker population in Taipei City.