On November 26th, forum on “Achievements and Challenges for 60 Years of Korean Education” was held at the Eduwell Center of Seoul National University of Education, jointly by KFTA, Korean Education Development Institute (KEDI), and Korean Educational Research Association (KERA). In celebration of 60 years since the founding of the Republic of Korea, participants of the forum reviewed the history of Korean education and proposed measures to enhance national competitiveness through education transformation.
In the keynote address, Gwak Byeong-seon, president of Kyungin Womens’ College, emphasized, “Korean education requires a drastic change particularly beyond the exam-driven and cram for tests system, and the solution would be going back to basics.”
“Education played a role as a main engine that propelled Korea toward ‘the nation of miracles.’ Without contribution of education, there would be no Korea like today,” said KFTA president Lee Won-hee in his opening speech. He added, “I’d like to pay my respects to the senior teachers who have steered the Korean people in the right direction in spite of many obstacles.”
Moreover, Hyeon Seung-jong, co-chairman of the Korea 60-Year National Foundation Celebration Committee and Kim Bu-kyum, chairman of the Curriculum Committee of the National Assembly, appraised the achievements of Korean education, expressed their appreciation for teachers and promised a continuous investment in education.
The forum was sponsored by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), National Institute for Lifelong Education (NILE), School Loving Parents Association (a.k.a. Haksamo), Parents Association for Quality Schools and Quality Education, Dong-Ah Ilbo (newspaper) and the Korea Educational Broadcasting System (EBS).