Open call for Teen Diplomatic Envoys: MOFA
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The 2013 English-language speech and drama contest for Teenage Diplomatic Envoys (外交小尖兵) has now opened for registration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday.
September 11, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
The winners of the contest will serve as Teenage Diplomatic Envoys for Taiwan and will be given the opportunity to visit the nation's representative offices overseas and the governmental organizations, as well as cultural and educational institutions of different nations, MOFA said.
Speaking during a press conference to announce the launch of the contest, Vice Foreign Minister Vanessa Shih (史亞平) said that since 2002, MOFA has selected a group of teenage envoys from local high schools annually.
“The purpose of the annual event is to help young high school students sharpen their English language skills, expand their horizons and foster a deeper understanding of the R.O.C.'s diplomatic missions abroad,” Shih said.
To date, 29 teams comprised of 116 high school students have taken part in this initiative, visiting and developing friendships with youth in Singapore, Australia, the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Holy See and Italy, she said.
The annual contest to choose the winner of the contest has always been very competitive, MOFA said.
To take the 2012 delegation for instance, MOFA held four regional contests and one final national contest, with 147 senior high schools, senior vocational schools and five-year junior colleges participating from across Taiwan, before it selected the top three schools as winners.
A total of 12 students, with four on each team, earned the opportunity to represent Taiwan in a visit to the United States and Canada between Jan. 23 and Feb. 3 this year.
Log on to http://youthtaiwan.net/teendiplomat for more information on the contest.
The registration deadline is Sept. 30.