Posted: Monday, December 5, 2022. 10:30 am CST.
Photo Credit: Embassy of Belize in R.O.C.-Taiwan
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Embassy of Belize in R.O.C.-Taiwan donated several Belizean books to Taiwan’s National Central Library. According to the Belize Embassy, Ambassador Dr. Candice Augusta Pitts presented copies of five books to Dr. Tseng Shu-hsien, Director General of NCL: four books about Belize for children readers and one book for adolescent/teenage readers.
The books are Jada Goes to Belize, Dooley Bear Adventures Belize, Nick and Aya Travel to Belize, Kylee on the Go! Belize, and Beka Lamb.
“We hope these books will be available and accessible to all Taiwanese children and that they will aid in the Library’s ambition to help promote international exposure and to stimulate a love of reading among our children and young people,” Ambassador Pitts said at the Donation Ceremony.
“I am also grateful that we have educators and representatives from libraries and other educational institutions in the audience. My humble appeal is that you would be encouraged and motivated seriously to include these books about Belize on your reading lists and curricula for your students and children; that way, you can further assist Taiwan to accomplish its 2030 bilingual objective as well as help to realize the 2022 Taiwan reading Festival’s theme, which is to ‘Explore New Worlds through Reading’.”
The Belize Embassy said the Belize books take the young readers on a journey to Belize. Through them, it said, the readers can explore Belize’s exotic wildlife, ancient civilization, marine ecosystem, and a melting pot of cultures.
“Importantly, these books all inspire children to want to know more places beyond their home country and even explain the importance of having a passport and how excited it is to receive a country’s entry and exit stamps in the passport that you can cherish for a lifetime,” the Belize Embassy said.
“The books also encourage children to be responsible travelers and even incorporate some of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by advising children not to pollute the environment in Belize, damage the Maya Ruins, or touch the corals at the Belize Great Barrier Reef, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” the Belize Embassy said.
All the five books have a section at the end which provides Fun Facts about Belize and Supplemental Learning Activities.
The Embassy said that the books encourage Comparative Learning which helps children to understand and retain more knowledge, as the readers compare the national icons of Belize and Taiwan such as the national flags, birds, flowers, animals, trees, and anthems. That can provide them with “a better understanding of what they truly mean and their significance”.
After the donation, Ambassador and two Taiwanese children, Christine Wu and Dean Chuang, from Long An Elementary School, read aloud one of the children books about Belize entitled, ‘Jada Goes to Belize’.
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