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Mayor Attends Children’s Integrity Month Activity

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Post date:2019-09-11

Updates:2019-09-11

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Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je attended the Children’s Integrity Month Theme Animation Premier on August 29 with Director-General Cheng Ming-chian from the Ministry of Justice’s Agency against Corruption as well as 170 kindergarten children and teachers to watch the children’s integrity educational animation produced by the Taipei City Government’s Department of Government Ethics.

After watching the animation, Mayor Ko commented that the film conveys concepts of Children’s Integrity Month including not being greedy, righteousness, helping others, and integrity. In addition, the children can also quickly absorb the values being communicated while enjoying the film.

Ko pointed out that the goal of the animation is to teach children to raise their hands if they notice something out of the ordinary. The concept also resonates with his personal belief. Using his favorite notion of problem theory, Mayor Ko expressed that facing the problem is the first step in resolving the problem; more serious problems can be avoided by solving smaller problems, and problems can be eradicated completely by resolving small problems.

The mayor believes that it is preferable to mention the problem before they escalate into bigger issues because everyone will try to resolve it together. When problems occur and are ignored, the individual(s) responsible will be reprimanded; most importantly, if you do not eliminate the problem, it will eliminate you.

This is why the Children’s Integrity Month and animation are designed to teach children to raise their hands when they see something unusual. If we take care of the smaller issues at hand, they will not deteriorate into more serious problems. If a country is problem-free, it will become a righteous nation; therefore shaping a righteous nation is the ultimate objective.

Mayor Ko also emphasized that the power of education should not be underestimated. Some people may question the necessity of promoting such policy at school, but schoolchildren grow up very quickly. Therefore, if the policy is not implemented while they are still in school, it will never succeed. He used Taipei City’s policy on cashless transactions as an example to suggest that the first step must begin at school by instilling the habit of cashless transactions among children.

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