LEAP夏令營是一個與眾不同的教育計畫。舉辦在美麗的岳明國小校園，針對高中生和大學生，LEAP 追求的是顛覆台灣傳統的教育模式。台灣的教育模式注重讀寫、背誦卻缺乏自我表達訓練。然而，LEAP提倡全能發展、情緒意識導向的教育方法 ── 教導這些青少年如何獲得自信、自我意識和自我表達能力，進一步提高學生們的情緒智商（EQ）。對學生而言，LEAP也開拓了他們的興趣與熱情，並成功激發了他們對未來發展的期望。
在LEAP 夏令營中，我提供了兩個課程，一是即興口語表達訓練，另外則是批判性思考訓練。學生對兩堂課程的反應都很熱烈，他們的自我表達與批判性思考的能力也在短時間內有明顯的進步。在課後交談時，我感到非常震撼，學生不但告訴我這兩堂課給予他們的廣大效益，更大的影響是 ── 開拓了他們對教育和未來成年生涯規劃的看法。
舉例而言，在即興口語表達課程中，我運用了我在Oxford Imps （牛津大學半職業即興喜劇表演團）的經驗，建立了學生的自信以及團體合作的默契。
By Matt Pierri
Matt 為澳洲律師，同時是獲得牛津大學知名獎學金的羅德學人。 Matt 致力於社會正義與人權議題，特別關注身心障礙者的權益與機會。 Matt曾在澳洲的衝刺教育機構，為低收入戶高中生舉辦創意與學習技巧訓練課程。Matt 也是業餘的喜劇演員。
In the summer of 2018, I was sponsored by Lincoln College at the University of Oxford to travel to Taiwan Su'Ao and teach at The LEAP.
The LEAP is a novel educational project in Taiwan. Hosted on a beautiful school campus, run as a summer school for late and final year high school students, The LEAP seeks to disrupt the traditional educational model in Taiwan – one based heavily on rote-learning, repetition and minimal individual expression. The LEAP instead promoted a holistic, wholesome and emotionally-aware approach to education – teaching young adults to be self-confident, self- aware and self-expressive, with a view to fostering greater emotional intelligence. For students, The LEAP also provided an avenue to articulate their passions, and pursue create aspiration for their lives going forward.
At The LEAP, I facilitated two sessions. Specifically, I facilitated a workshop on improvisation and on critical thinking skills. Both workshops were very well received and empowering to students. It was very humbling to speak to students after class and hear of the benefits they had received and the broader impact the class had had to expand their perspectives of education and adulthood.
For instance, the improvisation workshop – for which I drew on my experience performing in the Oxford Imps (a semi-professional improvised comedy group in Oxford) – focused on engendering self-confidence and collaborative working habits for the students.
For many, this was a novel opportunity to indulge in a theatrical environment and a supportive, creative outlet. Beyond immediate benefits, such as being more positive, confident and mindful, the improvisation workshop clearly improved how comfortable each student felt with each other – which was hugely beneficial to group bonding and team building for the remainder of The LEAP.
The following day, I co-facilitated a workshop on critical thinking skills with a fellow Oxford MPP graduate. This, similarly, was both a rewarding and enlightening experience in which the students learnt to apply logic and critical analytical frameworks to complex social problems and policies. It was particularly exciting to see how quickly and deeply the students engaged with several significant social and cultural issues prevalent in Taiwan, as well grow more confident in their non-conversational English.
I wanted to attend The LEAP for several reasons, including to re-engage with my past experience as a teacher and to have an opportunity to practice my Mandarin Chinese. Beyond this, I strongly believed in the holistic and emotionally-well rounded education methodology advocated by The LEAP and wanted to meaningfully contribute to the education of Taiwanese young adults in some way.
I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I can only hope that the brief engagement I had with these amazing Taiwanese young adults will have a positive impact in their lives moving forward – or, at the very least, give them a broader view of the world and opportunities that may lay ahead.