TECO art contest helps students with online learning; fosters closer ties with Taiwan

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The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Guam (TECO ) held an award ceremony for their art drawing competition at the Micronesia Mall on Saturday. (PNC photo by Julianne Hernandez)

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Guam (TECO ) held an awarding ceremony for their art drawing competition at the Micronesia Mall on Saturday.

The top 3 winners from each elementary to college category received laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices.

TECO Executive Assistant Lisa Fu said what inspired them to create this contest was they wanted to be a part of Guam’s efforts to help students with online learning.

“We did a total donation of $5000 sum of laptops, tablets, iPads and such for students to be able to access their classes and we hosted this drawing contest,” Fu said.

The theme of the contest, “Taiwan and Guam: Timeless Friendships” is also a commemoration of the 42nd anniversary for the Taiwan Relation Act (TRA), which solidifies the cultural and other relations between the United States and Taiwan.

TECO Director General Paul Yin-lien Chen hopes that this contest has helped contestants learn more about Guam and Taiwan’s growing connection.

“What this event is doing is actually to offer those kids who don’t have devices, which is very expensive. So in the meantime, we encourage the kids to reach out to the world and Taiwan is one of the destinations. We want them to Google and research what is Guam’s and Taiwan’s past, present, and future relationship and put it into artwork,” Chen said.

TECO partnered with GovGuam Agencies, businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions such as GDOE and UOG for the competition.

Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio and Speaker of the 36th Guam Legislature Therese Terlaje were at the event, presenting the awards to each of the winners.

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