The DPRK is dynamically pushing ahead with the building of an education power, a talent power, thanks to the sagacious guidance of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un who is laying a solid foundation for the prosperity of the country and nation.
The Supreme Leader, always paying close attention to the development of education, made public such works as Let Us Build Ours into a Country of Education, a Talent Power, by Bringing about a Revolution in Education in the New Century and On the Basic Tasks Facing Kim Il Sung University in the New Era of the Juche Revolution. In his works he clarified the orientation and means for developing the country’s education onto a new, higher stage as demanded by the era of the knowledge economy in the new century. With an uncommon wisdom and great foresight, he set it as a major link in bringing about a radical improvement in education to intensify general secondary education. To this end, he ensured that the Sixth Session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK held in September Juche 101 (2012) adopted the law on enforcing universal 12-year compulsory education. He also provided energetic guidance to set up a rational course of general secondary education that suits the specific situation of the country and the worldwide trend and develop it by working out teaching programmes for the new compulsory education, improving the conditions and environment for education and so on.
The DPRK has, therefore, enforced the universal 12-year compulsory education in full measure on April 1 this year.
Higher education system which had been confined to stereotyped structures of universities and colleges in the era of industrial economy of the previous century has been perfected to train in larger numbers both academic and practical talents. Many universities in the capital city and other provinces have been promoted to sectoral and regional universities, and colleges to vocational ones, while education systems, faculties, departments and chairs being rearranged and new ones for cutting-edge science and technology instituted.
The Supreme Leader ensured that the distance education system should be further improved at leading universities so that all the people in the country would gain access to higher education and learn in the whole course of their life, thereby opening a broad avenue to making the entire people well-versed in science and technology.
Busy as he was with his Songun-based revolutionary leadership, he visited many educational institutions and extracurricular bases, including Changjon Primary School and Kyongsang Kindergarten in Central District in Pyongyang, Pyongyang secondary and primary schools for orphans, Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace and Songdowon International Children’s Camp. While giving field guidance at the Pyongyang University of Architecture in November Juche 102 (2013), he said he would be its honorary president.
When he visited the Pyongyang Kim Jong Suk Textile Mill in December three years ago, he said that providing schoolchildren with uniforms is a task we must perform at all costs, not a task we may do if we have money and may not if we do not have it, and took concrete measures for the purpose. He also unsparingly spent his precious time on solving difficult matters arising in the production of notebooks and bags for children and even guided their designs.
Cherishing deep in their mind the ennobling view of Kim Jong Un on the rising generation and the future, the Korean people make a firm resolve to turn theirs into a country of education, a talent power, faithfully supporting his leadership, and are raising the hot wind of studying across the country.