Conservationist Jane Goodall to set up sustainability academy in Taipei

08/11/2021 07:48 PM
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Jane Goodall (center). CNA file photo
Jane Goodall (center). CNA file photo

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) British conservationist Jane Goodall will establish a sustainability academy in Taipei, as part of the work she will be doing in Asia with the funds she received in 2020 as a Tang Prize winner, the Tang Prize Foundation said Wednesday.

Goodall's "Conservation Projects of Asia" will promote awareness of conservation and sustainability in Taiwan, Malaysia and India, the foundation said, after it signed a memorandum of agreement with the Jane Goodall Institute of Taiwan.

The projects will be funded by a grant of NT$10 million (US$358,828) to help expand the influence of Tang Prize laureates and will include a Jane Goodall Sustainability Academy in Taipei, the foundation said in a statement.

The academy will cater to students at the elementary school level, teaching them how nature works, which is in line with Goodall's vision of fostering environmental awareness among children through connection with nature, Kelly Kok (郭雪貞), executive director of the Jane Goodall Institute of Taiwan, said at the signing ceremony.

Meanwhile, the projects in Malaysia will focus on improving awareness of primates, while those in India will seek to build connections between youth and the natural world, according to the foundation.

The projects will be carried out from August 2021 to December 2025, the foundation said, but it did not give a date for the opening of the Jane Goodall Sustainability Academy in Taipei.

The Tang Prize was established by Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist Samuel Yin (尹衍樑), chairman of the Ruentex Group, and was first awarded in 2014.

The biennial Tang Prize awards high achievers in four fields -- sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, Sinology and rule of law.

In 2020, Goodall was awarded the prize in the category of sustainable development.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Kay Liu)


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