Korea’s first high school for mixed-race students opens in Seoul
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Korea’s first high school for mixed-race students opens in Seoul

The Seoul Office of Education doesn’t seem to understand how this whole racial integration thing works.

The nation’s first regular alternative school that can be attended by children of multicultural families has opened its doors in Guro-gu.

The Seoul Office of Education announced on the 15th that on March 1st of next year the “Global School” (지구촌학교), an elementary school for children of multicultural families, had received approval to operate as a regular school and will do so in the Oryu2-dong area of Guro-gu.

The Global School will offer a full elementary school curriculum from first to sixth grade (15 students per class, 90 in total) with 80% of the students being multicultural and 20% being Korean, making for an integrated education.

The tuition and admission fee will be free without regard to nationality or country of origin, so that all children seeking multilingual and multicultural education will be able to attend.

The school’s founder is 50-year old Kim Hae-seong, a pastor who is called “the godfather of foreign laborers” for the over 20 years he has spent helping and counselling migrant workers.

The Office of Education reported that Pastor Kim said that “we will operate this school with varous plans in order to uphold our societal responsibility to create a leading model for alternative schools for children of multicultural families.”

The Global School will take applications beginning next month and is already accepting telephone appointments (☎02-6910-1004) regarding applications consultations, and applications may be filled and sent in via the website (www.globalsarang.com).

An official with the Office of Education said that “there have been many cases of students who have dropped out or been ostracized at school because of an inability to speak Korean or their parents’ economic circumstances… the Global School’s establishment will provide opportunities for children of multicultural families to find their identities at the border of regular education and for out society to raise all of its members to be healthy.”

According to the Office of Education, last year in Seoul there were 5,222 multicultural students in elementary, middle, and high school, but this year that increased 30.93% to 6,837.

The number of multicultural students, 65% of whom are in elementary school, increases by 968 per year and this year the most multicultural students, 1,237, were in Guro, Geumcheon, and Yeongdeungpo.

On March 1st of next year Seoul Dasom School (서울다솜학교) plans to open in the Heungin-dong area of Jung-gu as a recognized public alternative high school for multicultural teenagers who are not attending other high schools or have dropped out.

Seoul Dasom School, the nation’s first recognized alternative school, has 120 total students in two classes, and on the 14th through 16th of next month it will accept new applications.

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