Overseas Chinese Education is the foundation of overseas Chinese affairs. The significance of Overseas Chinese Education work is not merely promoting the Chinese language and passing on the Chinese culture but also serving as an integral part of the overall OCAC's policy. The ROC's government has been dedicated to Overseas Chinese Education work for many years and its measures have kept up with the time. OCAC's work includes subsidizing overseas Chinese schools to promote Taiwan's excellent Chinese language teaching brand and its diverse culture to achieve coherence within overseas Chinese compatriots, to cultivate the power of the younger generation and to increase Taiwan's international participation.
Most overseas Chinese communities have established local schools to disseminate the culture of their motherland. As of the end of 2015 ,there are 2,620 overseas Chinese schools that are affiliated with the ROC (including Chinese language schools, Taiwanese schools and Chinese classrooms while 66.64% of them based in Asia, 24.85% in North America and less than 3.5% in other continents) among them over 700 maintain close contacts with the OCAC. Worldwide, there are around 50 associations of overseas Chinese language schools affiliated with our country. These overseas Chinese schools and their associations have become the best access to promote Taiwan's Chinese language learning industry, to display Taiwan's distinctive teaching methodologies, to propagate the diversity of the Taiwanese and Chinese culture, and eventually, to win a place in the mainstream education market.
Based on the existing foundation and the global trend of Chinese learning, the OCAC will continue to consolidate overseas Chinese school affairs as well as to train Chinese language and folk culture teachers. We will also recruit young volunteers and subsidize college students in Taiwan who major in Chinese language to provide teaching support to overseas Chinese schools as well as incorporate other practical measures to strengthen our overseas Chinese school's development.
In addition, the OCAC will develop diverse teaching materials, and optimize the content of the Chinese e-learning website "Huayu World". The OCAC will also provide mobile learning and digital teaching services with cloud system, to upgrade Chinese e-learning into a new stage. In coordination with the overall national policy, the OCAC will actively implement the "e-Learning Portal" for Chinese education and promote the preservation of traditional Chinese characters through the establishment of "HuayuWorld.org"
Moreover , the OCAC has been supporting important festival events in overseas Chinese communities by assembling cultural delegations to participate in the events. The OCAC also holds training programs for cultural seed teachers and young cultural volunteers to spread Chinese -Taiwanese culture overseas and to nurture young talents. Last but not the least, the OCAC provides distance learning and online courses for overseas Chinese school teachers to improve their teaching skills.