in Rena'i, Nantou County
Toda Elementary School is a K-6 Seediq aboriginal school located high in the mountains of Ren Ai Township (仁愛鄉) in Nantou County-about a 2-3 hour drive from Taichung City. This remote mountain village is rapidly losing their younger generations to nearby cities, where more working opportunities exist, so they are greatly challenged to keep the language, culture, and history of their Seediq People alive. Toda Elementary not only incorporates a culture-rich elementary curricula for their 60 students, but they are also committed to sharing the Seediq history with the world outside their village. In addition to following the Taiwan national curriculum, the children are learning the Seediq language, traditional dances, songs and instruments, as well as archery, rug weaving, basket weaving, and gardening. IWAT’s goal is to provide support to Toda Elementary with opportunities to share their culture with others, as well as helping them acquire the resources needed to build a strong community and future for their students.
TAICHUNG UNLOCKED PROJECT
The revamping of the 2005 "Taichung Unlocked" city guidebook (360+ pages to update and revise) into an expat friendly website is an ongoing project! The goal is to help make the transition to living in Taichung easier for the English-speaking community.