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13:30  30 april  2019
13:30  30 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Advertisement. Supported by. South Korea Dispatch . GANGJIN COUNTY, South Korea — Every morning on her way to school , Hwang Wol-geum, a Help came unexpectedly this year from the local school that was running out of school -age children and was desperate to fill its classrooms with

Now, read the article, “ Running Out of Children , a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers ,” and answer the 2. Why was Ms. Hwang not able to attend school as a child ? 3. Why is there a child shortage in rural areas of South Korea ? Why does the future of Gangjin County.

South Korea Dispatch: Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers © Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Hwang Wol-geum, 70, left corner, attending a school trip in South Korea with other grandmothers and her grandchildren.

Every morning on her way to school, Hwang Wol-geum, a first grader, rides the same yellow bus as three of her family members: One is a kindergartner, another a third grader and the other a fifth grader.

Ms. Hwang is 70 — and her schoolmates are her grandchildren.

Illiterate all her life, she remembers hiding behind a tree and weeping as she saw her friends trot off to school six decades ago.

While other village children learned to read and write, she stayed home, tending pigs, collecting firewood and looking after younger siblings.

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GANGJIN COUNTY, South Korea — Every morning on her way to school , Hwang Wol-geum, a first grader South Korea ’s birthrate has been plummeting in recent decades, falling to less than one child per Similar from the Web. Running Out of Children , a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate .

She later raised six children of her own, sending all of them to high school or college.

South Korea Dispatch: Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers © Chang W. Lee/The New York Times The entire school lining up to go on a field trip. Yet it always pained her that she couldn’t do what other mothers did.

“Writing letters to my children, that’s what I dreamed of the most,” Ms. Hwang said.

Help came unexpectedly this year from the local school that was running out of school-age children and was desperate to fill its classrooms with students.

South Korea’s birthrate has been plummeting in recent decades, falling to less than one child per woman last year, one of the lowest in the world.

The hardest hit areas are rural counties, where babies have become an increasingly rare sight as young couples migrate en masse to big cities for better paying jobs.

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GANGJIN COUNTY, South Korea — Every morning on her way to school , Hwang Wol-geum, a first grader South Korea ’s birthrate has been plummeting in recent decades, falling to less than one child per Similar from the Web. Running Out of Children , a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate .

10:26 28 april 2019 Source: msn.com. South Korea Dispatch : Running Out of Children , a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers . GANGJIN COUNTY, South Korea — Every morning on her way to school , Hwang Wol-geum, a first grader, rides the same yellow bus as three of

Like other rural schools, Daegu Elementary, in Ms. Hwang’s district, has seen its students dwindle. When Ms. Hwang’s youngest son, Chae Kyong-deok, 42, attended it in the 1980s, it had 90 students in each grade. Now, the school has only 22 students in total, including one student each in its fourth- and fifth-grade classes.

South Korea Dispatch: Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers © Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Ms. Hwang, Kim Mae-ye, 64, and Park Jong-sim, 75, during a lesson.

This year, the worst calamity of all struck the district.

“We went around villages looking for just one precious kid to enroll as a first grader,” said the principal, Lee Ju-young. “There was none.”

So Ms. Lee and local residents, desperate to save the 96-year-old school, came up with an idea: How about enrolling older villagers who wanted to learn to read and write?

Ms. Hwang and seven other women, aged 56 to 80, stepped forward, with at least four others asking to be enrolled next year.

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GANGJIN COUNTY, South Korea — Every morning on her way to school , Hwang Wol-geum, a first grader South Korea ’s birthrate has been plummeting in recent decades, falling to less than one child per Similar from the Web. Running Out of Children , a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate .

GANGJIN COUNTY, South Korea — Every morning on her way to school , Hwang Wol-geum, a first grader South Korea ’s birthrate has been plummeting in recent decades, falling to less than one child per Similar from the Web. Running Out of Children , a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate .

For younger people who want to stay in the area, the future of their town depended on keeping the school alive.

South Korea Dispatch: Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers © Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Ms. Hwang, left, and Ms. Kim shared snacks with second graders who came to visit them during a break.

“Who would start a family here if there were no school?” asked Noh Soon-ah, 40, whose husband — one of Ms. Hwang’s sons — quit his job in an auto parts factory in a big city and resettled his family here five years ago to take over his parents’ farming business. “Children are what brings laughter and vitality to a town.”

The local education office warmed to the idea, and Ms. Hwang started attending classes last month.

Like many first graders on their first day, Ms. Hwang cried. But these were tears of joy.

South Korea Dispatch: Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers © Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Ms. Hwang and her granddaughter, Soo-hee, who is in kindergarten at the same school. “I couldn’t believe this was actually happening to me,” she said. “Carrying a school bag has always been my dream.”

Once overcrowded with students, the seaside campus of Daegu Elementary looked almost empty on a recent visit. Camellia, sweet brier and pine trees surrounded its deserted sandy playground. After a rain, cherry trees were shedding their blossoms.

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Inside the two-story school building, children and grandmothers changed into slippers and walked hallways decorated with locally produced jade-green celadon vases.

In the first-grade classroom, Ms. Hwang and two other grandmothers toiled laboriously, determined to learn to read and write.

South Korea Dispatch: Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers © Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Ms. Park offering candies to second graders.

Pencil in hand, they chanted the 14 consonants and 10 vowels of the Korean alphabet as their teacher, Jo Yoon-jeong, 24, wrote them one by one on the white board. They took dictation on words like “aunt,” “fisherman” and “raccoon” with their slow and crooked penmanship.

Between writing exercises, Ms. Jo turned on an upbeat song — “There Is Nothing Wrong With My Age!” — and led a dance routine for the giggling grandmothers to follow.

“School is so much fun,” Ms. Hwang said.

Her son, Kyong-deok, agreed: “My mother has become a much happier person since she began going to school. Smiles hardly seem to leave her face.”

Ms. Hwang’s county, Gangjin, here on the southwestern tip of South Korea’s coast, is typical of the rural areas left behind in South Korea’s rapid industrialization.

Gangjin’s last major industry, potterymaking, died when plastics began replacing crockery in Korean kitchens in the 1970s. Its rapidly aging population now makes a living growing strawberries and mulberries or picking oysters, cockles and octopuses from tidal flats.

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Park Jong-sim, 75, is a champion octopus catcher in her village. But on a recent day, she was more worried about falling behind in her elementary-school class.

She blinked her eyes as she tried to keep them focused on the notebook, and occasionally took her reading glasses off to wipe tears caused by eye fatigue. Enunciating words was also difficult. To practice her penmanship, she woke up before dawn.

“My memory, hand and tongue don’t work like I wish,” Ms. Park said. “But I am going to learn to write before I die. You don’t know how I feel when I go to a government office, they ask me to fill out a form and the only thing I know how to write is my name.”

South Korea Dispatch: Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers © Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Ms. Hwang with her daughter-in-law, Noh Soon-ah, 40, after harvesting strawberry at the farm before Hwang went to the school.

Going to school became a distant dream for Ms. Park after her father died when she was 8. She spent her childhood collecting sea mustard, raising silkworms and harvesting ramie plants.

Decades ago, Korean families often focused what little resources they had on educating their sons. Many girls were expected to stay home and look after younger siblings while their parents worked outside.

Ms. Hwang said her father found a new wife after her mother gave birth to five daughters but no son. Her stepmother refused to send Ms. Hwang to school and scoffed at the idea of “teaching a daughter letters” when her father tried to show her how to read at home.

Being illiterate brought many humiliations later in life. Posting packages was always a problem because she could not write addresses.

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South Korea ’s birth-rate has been plummeting in recent decades, falling to less than one child per woman last “We went around villages looking for just one precious kid to enrol as a first grader,” said the Inside the two-story school building, children and grandmothers changed into slippers and

Once overcrowded with students, the seaside campus of Daegu Elementary looked almost empty on a recent visit. Camellia, sweet brier and pine trees surrounded its deserted sandy playground. After a rain, cherry trees were shedding their blossoms.

Years ago, she and her husband, Chae Jan-ho, 72, were visiting their son in Seoul, the capital, when they got separated in the bustling subway. Ms. Hwang could not read any of the signs and was hopelessly lost until a stranger helped her find her way.

Now she and her fellow students are determined to make up for lost time. One of the women who returned to elementary school this year had dropped out of school as a fifth grader in the 1970s, when she was sent away to become a live-in housemaid for a rich family in order to support her own.

“They are eager to learn,” said Ms. Jo, the teacher, about her first-grade students. “They are probably the only students here asking for more homework.”

Unlike other classrooms, the first graders’ classroom has a sofa and a heated mattress. During breaks, the older women sat on the warm mattress and buried their feet under blankets. They also kept a basket of candies for the second graders next door who occasionally came to visit.

South Korea Dispatch: Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers © Chang W. Lee/The New York Times The seaside campus of Daegu Elementary, in Gangjin County, South Korea.

But Ms. Hwang felt bad that she was in school during a busy strawberry harvesting season. To make up for it, she rose at 4 a.m. and helped her husband, son and daughter-in-law pick strawberries before going to school.

Ms. Hwang has already hatched an ambitious plan.

“I am going to run for president of the village women’s society,” she said. “People used to ask me to run, but I always declined. It’s a job for someone who can read and write.”


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