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| The period of integrated study is a new concept established by the Course of Study which was adopted and implemented starting in 2002. However,it determined only the number of hours of schooling, leaving the contents and methods to the discretion of local schools. Specifically, there are four pillars identified with the eperiod of integrated studyf, namely international understanding, educational information and technology, social welfare and human rights. These are carried out from elementary school levels (from the 3rd grade) through upper secondary schools.
These pictures shows scenes from the period of integrated study: the theme of this period is einternational understandingf.