The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way people, especially during the summer vacation, as many parents had to care for children while working at home. China Development Financial (CDF) employees were no exception. Our subsidiary, CDF Foundation, therefore decided to launch online courses for parents and kids under the theme of Zentangle. Employees from across CDF signed up in enthusiastically in response to this initiative. The rise of working from home (WFH) prompted by the pandemic did not only affect the way people work, but also redefined the day-to-day operations. Organizing similar courses for parents and kids helped improve employees’ daily lives, thus reaching the strategic goal of "Become Employer of Choice" of the ABCDE Strategy. The courses also turned the spotlight on artists cultivated by CDF Foundation, letting them shine while fostering sustainable development.
Shan-Yan Kang, a recipient of CDF Foundation's Scholarship for skilled vocational high school students, served as teacher for the course, demonstrating all different strokes and patterns to CDF employees and their kids on the other side of the screen. Even those with zero artistic background were able to master the basics and create their own tangles. As a university student, Shan-Yan Kang was filled with a sense of achievement, as it was her first experience attempting to teach from home and share her skills with people all over Taiwan.
Shan-Yan Kang is only 18-years-old and was only recently admitted to the Department of Fine Arts, National Kaohsiung Normal University. She was part of the Our Class Has Got Talent, Scholarship for skilled vocational high school students and has received long-term support from the Skills and Competency Scholarship of CDF's subsidiary, CDF Foundation. Already a recipient of countless accolades, Shan-Yan Kang displayed talent and passion for the visual arts from a young age. In order to polish her teaching skills, CDF Foundation put her in charge of a series of creative courses for CDF employees and their kids. Not only did this enable kids to learn new drawing skills while having fun, but it helped adults relieve stress from the pandemic. CDF Foundation expressed that even though it is impossible to hold physical courses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will continue providing various learning opportunities for scholarship recipients through online platforms, in the hopes that these young talents can enhance their personal skills and repay society simultaneously by teaching their specialty.
Actually, online teaching has a greater potential for expansion than physical teaching, so other than creative courses, CDF Foundation has also successively organized woodworking and dance online courses, among others, during the pandemic this year. Students come from CDF branches and business locations all over Taiwan, transcending spatial constraints while increasing the participation rate from employees across the group. CDFFoundation plans to continue organizing similar online courses even after the pandemic in order to maximize its corporate social responsibility efforts while fulfilling its goal of talent cultivation.