Studying is a word students often hear from parents, teachers, anywhere it could be. It might have been a stress of just hearing of it. Why? Because when we think of ‘studying’ we often recollect the image of sitting on the chair and looking into a book. But study itself might not be that boring. For those of you who want to meet a new face of ‘study’, it may have been helpful to visit the ‘Donation for Education fair of 2012’ which was held from March 16th to 18th (Friday to Sunday) at Ilsan KINTEX
Donation for Education. It’s not that hard!
This fair was hosted by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and was conducted by Korea Science and Engineering Foundation. The fair has stated that it has been a first time in which contributors and receivers come along together in a certain place. By doing so, it wanted to promote the activity of donating education.
In brief, it was a party of sharing educational information and experience.
There were over 130 numbers of institutions consisted of companies, universities and many kinds of organizations to donate their education to people. Then you might get a question ‘How?
Well, come along with me!
On seeing a guide book, I got interested at the long list of companies. From popular companies to smaller size entrepreneurs, it seemed that most of the companies we know were there. I think now education is not the homework given only to schools, Education institutions. Companies have started to throw into an education matter. Of course there may be other reasons for attending this exhibition but the fact that a number of leading companies in Korea concern about education is worthy of notice. I would like to introduce some of companies. If you want to know other corporations, please visit the website below the article.
There was sugar craft experiencing program hosted by LOTTE hotel. It is not just listening to teachers’ explanation which might be a bit boring. You could actually make a sugar craft for yourself. Sugar craft can be unfamiliar among children as a job. To make people do sugar art would be a good chance letting them know about the rare job of sugar art itself as well as providing a new experience to students.
The staff explained each of the participants prudently about how to use sugar in the way you want. A girl who were making a crane said that even thought she never have experienced a sugar art, she could enjoy making it as teachers help them carefully and it was really fun.
To experience being a newscaster or weather caster would be fun as well. There was another booth of LOTTE which was learning the area of broadcasting. You could actually maneuver the cameras which get the pose of participant who broadcast weather or home shopping. I was able to see many youth enjoy their jobs and then create a good work.
For students who are interested in economy might find KDB daweoo financial group booth helpful which was offering CEO game, finding jobs related to finance and so on. Especially CEO game was popular among children as they were able to name their own company, determine for themselves how to deal with difficulties the company was faced.
Surely, many parts of community including education are complemented by a base of public institutions. Public services have contributed to enhancing Korean culture, scholarship program etc.In this fair as I had expected, a lot of institutions participated.
-Korea press foundation
As I am now working as a youth reporter at Seoul Youth Center for Cultural Exchange (MIZY), among many public institutions, my first intriguing booth was that of Korea Press Foundation. When I got near there, I could see a number of teenagers working enthusiastically. They were making a newspaper regarding the fair, completing a newspaper puzzle with friends and listening to teachers’ explanation about how news are produced.
There were a lot of students saying that they want to be a journalist or reporter that I became a little bit strained as a student who hope to be a newspaperman in the future as well. I could see many newspapers made by high technology as well as paper news. Seeing many future pressmen and high advanced news which would be well suited to our new social media world, I looked forward to a bright future for the press.
Besides the Korea Press Foundation, there were numerous renowned institutions so that I would want to introduce some of them.
*Korea Student Aid Foundation - a mentoring program from undergraduates
*The Korea National Red Cross (KNRC) - children Sex Education
*The National Folklore Museum- programs regarding multiculturalism
Public institutions are quite familiar to our society as they do many activities helpful for citizens. Their booths on the fair were also well made I think. I hope from kids to adults could be able to donated education from those institutions.
Private enterprise/ organization/ association
-Education is love
The booth of education is love provided experience of learning traditional manner with wearing Korean traditional clothes. It was teaching how to bow in our Korean way etc.
-Young falcons of Korea
A young falcon of Korea booth was very scientific. Robots were dancing, people were riding bicycle, or in fact working on bicycle, to produce electricity which in turn contribute to making juice. Producing electricity using bicycle has been on books but it was the first time of actually seeing how juice were made. It was not only me getting interested in it; a lot of teenagers crowded around the booth and watched those processes enthusiastically. It must have been a catalyst for interests in science.
A renowned nongovernmental organization Good Neighbors was organizing child sexual abuse prevention puppet show. As the number of child sexual abuse victims has increased in recent years, it seemed that quite many booths were regarding prevention of it.
-Girl group INY
According to media, a lot of students say they want to be a singer for their jobs. But on the way becoming a singer, there are many difficulties such as parent’s disagreement. On the fair, you could be able to ask your questions and your questions would be answered right away by entertainment staff and singers. A girl group called INY came to the fair to donate their experience. After dancing with a song, they talked freely about their private problems in the way of becoming singers. One member said that her family was disagreeing with her resolution of being a singer and even after having made a debut her mother was unwelcomed. However she made constant efforts and the team was able to be on the stage in Japan. INY was on the newspaper of Japan and when she brought the news to her mom, she scrapped it and stuck it to the wall and now her mother is cheering the team vigorously. The member said the most important thing is do your best in what you want to do. Many students were nodding their heads. For a lot of teenagers who have a dream of entering the entertainment world, this activity must have been a great experience.
“It takes a whole village to raise a child “
This epigram held above the fair was well matched to the fair itself where companies, universities, public institutions whole came to it to foster Korean children within our community.
It was the fair that prepared a special place for sharing experience, in their words, donation for education. I am sure it is worthy of visiting for all the people not only for children but also adults. I hope the activity of donation education would take one’s position as a social activity. Grow your dreams and hopes in this fair!
What kind of ideas you have about Education donation?
Who said that donations are only done by money? The Hat Knitting Campaign defines another type of donation in the global world.
When people think about the world ‘volunteer’ or ‘donation’ we often think about the red charity boxes that we put money into. Or often people relate volunteer work to cleaning up after messes or other physical activities. However, Save the Children’s Hat Knitting Campaign is defining a new type of volunteer for the people across the world. Since 2007, Save the Children, an international organization helping the world’s child poverty, has been pursuing the ‘Hat Knitting Campaign’. This campaign is meant to help infants dying due to diseases that can easily be treated. What makes this campaign special is the fact that instead of just simply donating money; participants knit hats with their own hands to ship to infants in developing countries. Now beyond just money, there are efforts sent along with the donations.
The ‘Hat Knitting Campaign’ is growing steadily with lots of attentions. Now this campaign is celebrating its 5th year and stands with a goal to ship 15 thousand knitted hats to Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. To hear about the enormous spread of contribution-culture set by this campaign, I interviewed Park Young Ee from the Save the Children Communication Team.
The ‘Hat Knitting Campaign’ holds its significance for defining a new type of ‘volunteer’ and ‘donation’. Instead of just donation money, each time I knit I can think about the infants that will be wearing the hat in my hands after a couple months. The participants love, effort and care will be shipped across the Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. The positive energy this campaign is sending not only to the participants but also to the people across the world is making the world feel like a warmer place.
Photos are credited to Save the Children
Q. What is the starting background of the ‘Save the Children Hat Knitting Campaign’?
A. Annually Save the Children publishes ‘State of the World’s Mothers’. In this, there was a rank for ‘good countries to be a mother at’. According to this ranking, in the whole world, every year about 7 million infants under 5 have their breath taken away. Out of these infants 2 million babies die on their day of birth, and 4 million lose their precious lives within a month.
The deaths of these infants are due to easily cured diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria. There are easy and quick ways to save the infants from losing their lives such as malaria prevention mosquito net, antibiotic, moisture supplement and etc. To provide easy ways for people to help these infants, we have started this campaign.
Save the Children has started the ‘Hat Knitting Campaign’ in South Korea 2007 and is continuing the 5th season this year with United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong.
Q. When most people think about ‘volunteer’, people think about doing chores for the neglected class of people or doing their works for them. However, the ‘Hat Knitting Campaign’ is a unique type of volunteer. You knit the hats at home and send them on a plane to be shipped across to countries such as Africa. What do you believe is the unique way of volunteering that this only this campaign offers?
A. The ‘Hat Knitting Campaign’ is not only a donation type of giving. Instead it holds great significance for settling a new type of contribution culture-giving by making by the hand. Also in the hat knitting kit cost, along with the cost for the kit, there is also a donation included to sponsor foreign nutrition business. When you buy the kit, you can donate and knit the hat and contribute it. Since in this campaign, you can contribute twice, the fact that the happiness will be twice is something that makes ‘Hat Knitting Campaign’ different with other volunteers.
Q. The campaign could’ve been called ‘Sock Knitting Campaign’ or ‘Scarf Knitting Campaign’. Out of so many products, why did Save the Children specifically choose ‘hats’? Was there a special situation related with hats?
A. Wool hats are known to keep the baby’s body heat and act as an incubator like a kangaroo care. Through this way, the percentage of the death of infants can be lowered to about 70 percent- the reason why Save the Children started the ‘Hat Knitting Campaign’.
Q. This campaign started in 2007 and is already continuing its 5th season. What is the special key to maintain a campaign for continuous times?
A.Since the campaign started in 2007, as the years pass the number of participants in the campaign and the number of hats have been increasing steadily. Especially last year, in the season 4, with 61,488 participants and 141,574 hats have been gathered from all over the country, allowing it a byname of ‘national campaign’. The reason that this campaign can be continued is due to the participants. Even though the knitting process is hard, many participants are willing to challenge themselves to knit to contribute. The participants who have been calling for the kits even before the season started, participants participating in every season, participants knitting all winter long and sending a whole basket and etc. are the people who has made this campaign and raised this campaign.
Q. Is there an ultimate goal for the ‘Hat Knitting Campaign?
A.The ‘Hat Knitting Campaign’ progressed as the save the infants under 5, as a part of the EVERY ONE Campaign. (EVERY ONE Campaign is a campaign to save help children grow healthily until the age of 5. The reason why we help children until they are 5 is because if they are healthy until 5 years old they grow a level of immunity that allows them to age until their 70s.) This campaign is a global campaign that started in 2009 to protect children’s dying from diseases that can be easily cured, in about 50 countries across the world. Every year about 8.1 million infants are dying due to easily cured diseases. Save the Children is working in countries with high infant mortality rates such as Mali, Nigeria and etc. They are supplying medicines and medical supplies and training region medical treatment human resources to protect babies against unnecessary deaths.
The ultimate goal of EVERY ONE Campaign is the 4th and the 5th goal in the MDGs, reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. United Nation’s MDG(Millennium Development Goals) is an agenda adopted by the agreement of 191 participating countries in 2000. The MDG is 8 international promises to make poverty in half by the year of 2015.
* Goal 4(Reduce child mortality): By the year of 2015, according to the standard measured in 1990, reduce the child mortality in to 2/3rd.
*Goal 5(Improve maternal health): Between the years of 1990~2015 reduce the death of mothers with babies to 3/4th.
Do you wish to participate in Save the Children ‘Hat Knitting Campaign’?