The course was sponsored by the Vietnam Embassy and the Vietnamese Association in the RoK. It was established based on the fact that more than 60,000 out of approximately 170,000 Vietnamese expatriates in the country were women married to Korean men, and most of their children cannot speak their mothers’ native language.
|Scene at the opening event
Aiming at children aged 6 – 14, the course is set to run classes every Sunday afternoons between April and December on an annual basis. Textbooks used for the course were compiled by the RoK Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. Six Vietnamese students who are studying for doctorate/ master degrees at RoK universities and have teaching experiences are in charge of these classes.
The students’ mothers voluntarily pay part of the tuition fee, and the Asian Development Fund (ADF) contributes part of the course’s running cost.
The Vietnamese Association in the RoK plans to open more classes of this type across the country. It will work with the ADF to offer scholarships for the students to pursue higher education in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Embassy said it hopes the success of the course will help the children make contributions to deepening relations between the two nations in the future.