How did Taiwan go from “Garbage Island” to one of Asia’s Cleanest?

#1 Tips: Cleanliness! A life habit starts young.

In Taiwan, children aged 3 to 12 stay back to clean up for 20 minutes after lessons each day. It’s part of there civics education programme. According to Eric Yang (Principal, Jian-an Elementary School of Taipei), “Since our grandparents’ time, most families recognise the importance of cleanliness at home. We hope to cultivate in them life habits, we hope the children can learn from their cleaning duties to care for their environment. We hope that these good habits stay with them when they grow up.”

In fact, one of the traditions of Japanese education is that students do “o-soji” (it means cleaning). Usually, “o-soji” starts after lunch and lasts 20 minutes, after which the kids are set free for recess. Students are learning to respect their surroundings. They are learning that it’s better not to make a mess if you are the one who has to clean it up. Besides, apart from building their character and learning to respect public space, they’ll also learn how to use a broom and dustpan.

That is what we believe in too!

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