| < Korean elementary school students attending a special class about Dokdo>
Shinmyung elementary school in Seoul offered a ‘Special Class on Dokdo Island’ for 5th graders on October 3rd. The class covered understanding of the issue over sovereignty of Dokdo, people who defends Dokdo, understanding of importance and history of Dokdo and the like.
Students backed their opinions that “Dokdo belongs to Korea in that 43 people including guards reside and 930 people has their permanent domicile at Dokdo” and that “Dokdo is 92 km away from Ulleungdo but it is 160 km away from Oki island, Japan” and at same time they showed Dokdo related group presentations such as Dokdo residents interview in news format, a skit about Dokdo sovereignty decision at International Court of Justice and dance with background music of ‘Dokdo is our Land.’
Particularly, students at a press interview by TBS of Japan argued that “Korea and Japan are to solve this issue logically not quarreling each other” on the ground that “Japan recognized historically that Dokdo belonged to Korea in Eun-ju-si-cheong-hap-gi in 1667.”
Teacher evaluated the class that “elementary students are now can argue that Dokdo belongs to Korea based on historical and geographical evidences.”
KFTA offered special classes on defending Dokdo until October 20th, and related materials are available for download at KFTA website.