□ The Ministry of Education (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Sang-kon KIM) opened a Korean Education Center on August 10th (Thursday) in Atlanta, U.S.A.
Korean Education Center
(Establishment) Korean Education Center was first established in 1963 in Japan for overseas Koreans to provide learning on Korean national identity and Korean language. In order to meet the increasing need, the Korean Education Center has been proliferated to 41 Korean Education Centers in 18 countries including Europe, USA, Southeast Asia, and so forth.
Number of Korean Education Centers (41) : Japan (15), Europe (3), USA (7), Russia (4), CIS (3), Others (9)
(Role) Korean Education Centers supandport Korean language teaching and learning, Korean schools, Korean studies, lifelong education of overseas Koreans, international education exchange, study-abroad students, as well as integrating Korean language course (first /or second foreign language) as a regular course in formal schools abroad.
○ The overseas Korean community has continued to request the Ministry of Education (MOE) to support the establishment of a Korean Education Center for approximately 240,000 Korean-Americans residing in Atlanta, U.S.A. After much deliberation, MOE opened the Korean Education Center with the aim to promote education about Korean national identity and a sense of connectedness.
○ The opening of the Korean Education Center in Atlanta is particularly meaningful for the overseas Korean community in the States, since it has been 29 years since the Korean Education Center was first established in Washington and Los Angeles in 1980 and in Huston in 1988.
○ About 50 attendees including Consul General Seong-jin KIM of ROK in Atlanta, Deputy Minister Kibong LEE of the Korean Ministry of Education, President Kisung BAE of the Korean-American Association of Greater Atlanta (KAAGA), President Seungmin LEE of the National Association for Korean Schools, Korean school principals, future scientists, and study abroad students celebrated the opening ceremony on August 10th (Thursday), which began at 10 a.m.
□ Sang-kon KIM (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education), expressed in his congratulatory message, “In accordance with the new regime’s plan, the Korean Education Center will take the lead role in promoting education for overseas Korean’s identity as well as strengthening their competencies.
○ Seong-jin KIM (Consul General of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korean in Atlanta) delivered congratulatory words, “The Korean Education Center in Atlanta will give much hope to about 240,000 overseas Koreans in Atlanta, as it has been in need of educational support. I firmly believe that it will contribute to the growth of both Korea and the States.”
* Unofficial Translation