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During late June and July, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) organized Soka Joy Summer Camps at elementary schools in remote rural areas, mountainous regions and isolated islands of Taiwan.
The Soka Joy Summer Camps are a TSA student initiative that has been ongoing for 14 years. This year some 200 TSA student members from universities across Taiwan volunteered as camp counsellors, and practical support was offered by members of the TSA men's and women's divisions.
On June 28-29, for the seventh consecutive year, a summer camp was held at Gungguan Elementary School in Green Island in Taitung County. Due to its remote island location, the school has limited educational resources. The 35 camp counselors were TSA student members who study at the National Taiwan University. The two-day event included activities such as a "talent blast," workshops, plays, dance and games.
TSA's Mobile Museum also visited the school. The Mobile Museum introduces Taiwanese art to children who live in rural and remote areas and are otherwise unable to learn about art due to financial and geographical constraints.
From July 10-11, TSA student members from National Chengchi University held a summer camp at the Alishan National Primary and Secondary School in the mountainous Alishan region of Chiayi County in southwestern Taiwan. This is the fifth consecutive year that a summer camp has been held at this school.
Soka Joy Summer Camps were also held in Nantou County, Hualien County, and Kaohsiung City.
[Adapted from articles in the July 15, 18, 22 and 25, 2014, issues of Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photos courtesy of Harmony Press]
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