Date: April 15, 2016
Taiwan’s record medal haul of 10 golds, four silvers and two bronzes saw it
finish second overall at the recent International Abilympics in France, underscoring the success of the government in providing vocational education and training opportunities for the disabled.
Team members defended their golds in basic dress-making, computer programming, cooking and pottery, while bagging first-time golds in advanced data processing, advanced electronic assembly and tailoring. Other first place-getters were in cabinet-making, advanced and basic, as well as silk painting.
At a ceremony April 12 at the Presidential Office in Taipei City, President Ma Ying-jeou described the medalists at the ninth edition of the world’s biggest workskills competition for persons with disabilities as representative of Taiwan’s world-class talent pool.
“They are testament to the effectiveness of developing vocational skills through education and cross-sector collaboration,” he said. “Over the past eight years, the government has earmarked NT$25 billion [US$771.5 million] for continued upgrade and transformation of Taiwan’s technical and vocational education.” [FULL STORY]