Hakka language-living school


       Various schools have issued the “Guide of Subsidizing to Prompt Hakka Language-living Schools by Hakka Affairs Council” in effort to promote Hakka culture by improving the Hakka learning environment, creating more interactive opportunities for teachers and students when speaking the Hakka language, and garnering students interest and confidence to speak Hakka. Each school will implement the Hakka language plan using a formal curriculum that includes language, the arts and humanities, clubs, and integrative activities. Moreover, each participating school should arrange a Hakka Day (Week or Month) in which the school broadcasts songs during the morning independent-study hours or cleaning hours, designs Hakka-learning activities, teaches indigo dying, introduces traditional Hakka toys delicacies, engages in occasional Hakka "ton liang e "(riddle-guessing), organizes art competition series (creative Hakka class slogans, Hakka children song recitals, readings, story-telling, speeches, cross-talks, jokes, and drama contests), and creates a Hakka classroom environment. A rich and diverse Hakka learning environment will create more interactive opportunities for teachers and students, students’ confidence to speak Hakka will grow, and the Hakka language will bepromoted meaningfully, publicly, educationally, and diversely. 

When the Hakka language-living school plan was first implemented in 2003, only 63 schools participated. By 2016, 566 elementary schools, junior high schools, and kindergartens in total have participated. The number of participating schools has increased nine-fold over the 12 years of the plan. With the active participation of schools, this plan will help the revival and perpetual growth of the Hakka language. 

In order to offer students opportunities to observe and learn from each other, the Hakka Affairs Council has organized the “National Hakka Language Education Exhibition” since 2005, which was renamed to “National Hakka Art Competition Series” in 2013. All schools can participate in the competition, not just the Hakka language-living schools, and the competition consists of northern, central, southern, and eastern preliminary contests and one national championship. The rich content of the Hakka culture will be preserved and passed on to the next generation through traditional songs, oral arts and drama. The competition expects to regenerate the vitality of Hakka culture through the students’ passion for the Hakka.