To invest more resources in rural education and the sustainability of Hualien and Taitung, the foundation sponsors the Alliance Cultural Foundation and Junyi Experimental High School on a long-term basis. Chairman Stanley Yen of the Alliance Cultural Foundation hopes to provide economically vulnerable schoolchildren with an opportunity to flip through rural education reform and innovative experimental education implementation. Therefore, he has established the “Rural Education Seeds Cultivation Program” to sponsor economically vulnerable schoolchildren of Hualien and Taitung. So far, a total of 164 schoolchildren have been benefited, and 80% of them are indigenous peoples. In 2020, the Alliance expanded the Program to Pingtung for more rural children to enjoy education equity.
In 2017, the Alliance advocated the overseas study program and established the “Innovation and Overseas Study Education Fund” to provide scholarships for highly potential students of Junyi Experimental High School to apply for overseas study at two-year community colleges or the United World College before high school graduation like taking over others on the lane. Besides providing students with a new start to connect with the world, this program enables students to develop specialties and broaden their international view, so that they can become the power to change their communities and hometowns in the future. In 2020, the unexpected pandemic dimmed the student’s hope of overseas study. This year, one student from the third graduation class successfully applied for admission to the United World College. Due to the pandemic, another candidate deferred the admission to the Washington Community College to 2021. Since program establishment, 11 students have studied overseas under the program, six students from the first graduation class have successfully enrolled to their ideal universities or colleges to further their study, and two of them even earned the scholarship from US universities.
In response to its development concept, Junyi was transformed into an international experimental senior high school in 2019, and its “boarding international experimental school” education program was approved by the Ministry of Education. To provide education resources integrated with a boarding learning environment plays an important part in changing the scattered rural education resources. Either its long-standing “Life Exploration” course or pioneering experimental courses “Creativity Module” and “International Linkage” launched since 2017 were expanded into multidisciplinary courses. In 2020, the school started the “Self-Learning” course at the junior high-school department to equip students with the literacy for lifelong education and actively enforce the concept and value featuring “inspiring talent, positive innovation, local connection, and bilingual international,” in order to develop core competence in “character, life, and skill” in students.