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121 College Science Clubs Spread the Joy of Science to Elementary and Middle School Students across Korea!

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09/09/2017
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121 College Science Clubs Spread the Joy of Science to Elementary and Middle School Students across Korea!

 

Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity held launch ceremony for the University Donation for Education Group for the 2017 fall semester.

 

 

At 2 p.m. on September 9 (Sat.), the Ministry of Education (MOE, Minister and Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs Kim Sang-gon) and Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity (KOFAC, President Tai Hyun Park) held a launch ceremony for the University Donation for Education Group for the 2017 fall semester in the International Conference Hall of Seoul’s SC Convention Center. ※ By 2016, a total of 2,820 university clubs had participated in the University Donation for Education Group, which began in 2012 with 377 clubs, providing various after-school programs to more than 70,000 students at 2,752 elementary and middle schools.

 

More than 550 university students from 121 clubs, selected in July through an open recruitment process, attended the ceremony, which was followed by reciting the University Donation for Education Group pledge, introduction of after-school and daycare programs, demonstration of excellent University Donation for Education Group programs, and preliminary, role play-based training sessions. The university students who attended the launch ceremony visited a total of 115 elementary and middle schools from the end of September to the end of December to provide various programs that they had developed in a wide range of areas, including hands-on career experience, science and technology, the arts, sports, culture, and ICT.

 

Ko Dae-woong, a student from the Dankook University club “Sosori (Hamsungsori , Career Experience Program)” commented, “I believe that education gained through experiences and social communication is more important than textbook knowledge. I am excited to participate in Hamsungsori, under the University Donation for Education Group program, to help kids learn about the careers they wish to pursue.” The University Donation for Education Group program encourages university students to develop experience programs based on the clubs in which they are active. It then matches elementary and middle schools with such university clubs, which provide educational programs for elementary and middle school students after school or during school vacations free of charge.

 

During the school year, the University Donation for Education Group program runs “Hamsungsori*” on Saturdays, “Allak Dallak** Happy Classroom ” after school on weekdays, and “SoC SoC*** Camp” during school vacations.

* Hamsungsori: a story of elementary and middle school students growing together with university students (eight sessions, over 30 hours)

** Allak Dallak: Joy of Learning, Joy of Achieving (10 sessions, over 40 hours)

*** SoC SoC: Story of Camp, Story of Creativity (three days, two nights; creative experience camp during the school vacation)

 

The After-school University Volunteer Group for Elementary Schools  offers after-school daycare classes for elementary school students during both the school year and school vacations and provides experience programs that focus on self-directed activities and social development. ※ Launched in 2015, the After-school University Volunteer Group for Elementary School Students works toward the goal of “building an all-day daycare system,” which was one of the government’s major projects.

 

By the end of 2016, a total of 343 university clubs had helped care for and support the development of over 13,000 students at 343 elementary schools. Through a special lecture titled “Biotechnology and Technological Convergence in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” President Tai Hyun Park of KOFAC encouraged the university students participating in the University Donation for Education Group program to work hard to become pioneers in the rapidly changing era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

 

Jeong Jong-cheol, the student welfare policy official at the MOE, said, “I hope that the social contribution efforts being made through the University Donation for Education Group program help create a better future for our society and that the university students involved learn the value of donating their time and experience the joy of sharing.” University students who wish to participate in the University Donation for Education Group program do so through KOFAC. The application deadline for the SoC SoC Camp and After-School University Volunteer Group for Elementary Schools for the winter of 2017 was October 13. For more detailed information, please visit the Teach for Korea website (http://www.teachforkorea.go.kr/).

※ Over 160 clubs for the SoC SoC Camp (financial support of approximately KRW 2.2 million) and over 30 clubs for daycare classes (financial support of approximately KRW 2.05 million)

 

[Photo] On September 9 (Saturday), attendees posed for a group photo at the launch ceremony for the University Donation for Education Group for the 2017 fall semester at the SC Convention Center in Seoul.46

 

 

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