- Covestro partners with National Cheng Kung University to provide long-term scientific educational resources.
- Honorable guests include Huang Wei-Che, the Mayor of Tainan; Fong-Chin Su, the Executive Vice President of National Cheng Kung University; Tzung-Hsien Huang, the President of the National University of Tainan; Freddie Höglund, the CEO of the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) and Ku-Ta Lin, the Assistant Director-General of the Bureau of Education, Tainan City Government
Ovid Tzeng, the former Minister of the Council for Cultural Affairs, once said at the Executive Yuan that only when science education is treated as a human right can the gaps in knowledge between diverse groups be closed. Since teachers with both a professional scientific background and the ability to use sign language are rare, schools for the hearing-impaired have been always short of scientific educational resources, especially in comparison with mainstream schools. For example, the Affiliated School for Students with Hearing Impairments at the National University of Tainan (TNDSH) was established in 1891, but it has never had an established classroom for experiments or professional teaching staff in its 130 years. This year, Covestro Taiwan has not only donated a science classroom for the students, but it has also set up a science club in partnership with National Cheng Kung University. The opening ceremony of the lab is being held today, on 12 May, beginning with the hearing-impaired students conducting a scientific experiment in order to welcome all of the honorable guests, the Yakult Salute, which will be followed up with the cutting of the ribbon and a science club lesson.
“The capacity for scientific thinking can help children to adapt to the technological society of the future. The values of diversity, equality, and inclusion (DE&I) will also have a meaningful impact on society and contribute to sustainable development goals,” said Huang Wei-Che, the Mayor of Tainan. “Through the lab and the platforms that Covestro has planned for the children in Taiwan, not only will hearing-impaired students become more confident, but children without disabilities will also learn, respect each other, and realize that everyone has unlimited possibility. I look forward to seeing enterprises launch more CSR initiatives like this in order to encourage a harmonious society.”
Covestro Taiwan also announces that it has established “Covestro MagicMaterial School Science Clubs” at all three of the hearing-impaired schools in Taiwan for 2021. The science club at TNDSH was established with the cooperation of Professor Wang-Long Li, of the Department of Material Science and Engineering at National Cheng Kung University. Before this science laboratory was completed, children took their science classes in regular classrooms, but from now on they will be able to stand closer to the science in this brand new classroom for experiments.
By providing hearing-impaired students with platforms for self-expression, Covestro hopes to promote the values of DE&I through the events that it has designed. For example, the students will be Science Ambassadors at Parent-Child Inclusive Science Events during School Anniversaries or Mother's Day Activities, allowing parents to witness their children’s growth. In addition, Covestro will encourage these children to be Science and DE&I Ambassadors at the ‘Covestro MagicMaterial School’, where they will lead children who are and are not hearing-impaired in conducting magic tricks with science. Covestro also plans to invite the children from the science clubs to participate in the ‘Science Train Across Taiwan’, which will be held by the Ministry of Science and Technology, allowing children from across Taiwan to experience the meaning of DE&I by playing with science.
“We sincerely appreciate the real actions of Covestro Taiwan and the professional team from NCKU to support the development of science education and to encourage students to enjoy their learning, with a positive attitude. I hope that the ‘Covestro MagicMaterial School’ runs smoothly, and sows the seeds of science in the minds of the children,” said the President of the National University of Tainan, Tzung-Hsien Huang.
“Covestro Taiwan is a company that practices Corporate Social Responsibility. They have focused on the education of children with disabilities since 2017. Not only have they donated the new science laboratory at TNDSH, but they have also brought a professional team from NCKU to the school, so that students now can enjoy the fun of hands-on experiments. Furthermore, they will be able to guide children with and without disabilities in magic science tricks at future events, enabling them to embrace the joy of learning science while building confidence at the same time,” said Hsiu-Ya Chen, the President of the Affiliated School for Students with Hearing Impairments at the National University of Tainan (TNDSH).
“National Cheng Kung University has always had sustainable development as our mission. We take ‘educational innovation’, ‘research excellence’, and ‘social responsibility’ as our development goals. We aim to cultivate various talents. We are happy to work with Covestro Taiwan, even though our expertise is in different fields, as we are walking on the same path to create a brighter future via the education of the next generation. We also want to partner with all of the schools in Tainan to inspire children's enthusiasm for science, through hands-on experiments, so that they have the opportunity to use science to change their future,” said Huey-Jen Su, the President of National Cheng Kung University.
“We look forward to igniting an enthusiasm for learning science in hearing-impaired students. With the events that we have planned, we hope to sow the seeds of science in children’s minds, and we believe that diversity, inclusion, harmony, and sustainable development are what constitutes a promising future for both society and our children,” said Michael Lee, Managing Director of Covestro Taiwan.
“Covestro’s establishment of science clubs at all three of Taiwan’s schools for the hearing-impaired will provide learning opportunities that were not previously available to these students. With its creative and inclusive approach to teaching, this programme will help students to think scientifically. And, given their unique experience of the world, through this programme, these students could well go on to become scientists and problem solvers,” said Freddie Höglund, the CEO of ECCT.
About the Covestro “MagicMaterial School”
Everyone should be treated with equal respect. Covestro aims to foster a passion for science in every student’s heart, through the magic of a fun science programme, as well as enabling children to learn to respect each other, to express empathy and compassion, and to understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. Two series of CSR initiatives have been developed using this concept, starting in 2014 and 2019, respectively. The first series, which is designed to reduce inequality for hearing-impaired children, involves the annual “MagicMaterial School” and “Covestro Science Club”, which run throughout the semester and are officially listed as optional lessons. The second is the “Grandparent-Grandchild Science Camp”, which aims to reduce the distance between grandparents and grandchildren, as well as encouraging lifelong learning. Both series draw upon the company's expertise in science. A total of 1,302 people have been assisted by 291 volunteers over the past six years. The “Grandparent-Grandchild Science Camp” also received an Honorable Mention at the 2021 CSR and Diversity Awards by PR News.