To preserve and ensure the passing of national languages to future generations, the Ministry of Culture, together with the Council of Indigenous Peoples, the Hakka Affairs Council, and the Ministry of Education (MOE), formulated a comprehensive development plan for Taiwan’s national languages.
Under the plan, a five-year budget of NT$30 billion will be allocated for the development of the country's diverse national language, focusing on people of different age groups and tackling issues at the levels of family, society, and school.
MOC will be responsible for the preservation and revitalization of Taiwanese, Matsu as well as Taiwanese sign languages, which currently do not fall under the purview of any other government agency. MOE will also help to implement these policies.
The comprehensive development plan will use both static and dynamic methods of promotion, which will include preserving national languages, standardizing a writing system, expanding teaching resources, implementing language certification, creating a friendly environment for learning, increasing the number and scale of language promotional events and pooling resources.
MOC pointed out that there is an urgent need to preserve and promote the languages. Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has directed the establishment of a board to promote national languages and serves as its convener. Relevant government agencies are working together to launch the plan and actively research, preserve, promote, develop and integrate resources. MOC looks forward to working with various ministries to promote the use, preservation, and inheritance of national languages in order to facilitate sustainable development.
To advance the preservation, revival and development of national languages, the government promulgated the Development of National Languages Act in 2019. MOC convened the first National Languages Development Convention in October 2021 in accordance with the act.