King Sejong Institute and Korean Embassy, through the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC), handed over the donated Korean language textbooks and educational materials to the Department of Education (DepEd) at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines.
The educational materials donated to DepEd is for the 8 schools included in the Batch 2 DepEd Special Foreign Language – Korea (DepEd SPFL-Korea) namely Boot National High School, Dacanlao G. Agoncillo National High School, Gov. Feliciano Leviste Memorial National High School, Quezon National High School, Tanza National Comprehensive High School, Rizal National Science High School, Francisco P. Felix Memorial National High School, and San Pedro Relocation Center National High School.
The donation ceremony was attended by KCC Director Lee Jincheol, Riza Gusano DepEd SPFL Coordinator and Rose Domingo officer-in-charge for special programs. Representatives from the Batch 2 schools were also present receive the items which include 888 language textbooks and 32 conversation textbooks to be used for the Korean language classes.
The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines and the DepEd signed the Special Program in Foreign Language- Korea (SPFL-Korea) agreement on June 21, 2017, that allowed DepEd to teach the Korean language in public high schools. The Korean language education training for local high school teachers in the Philippines began in 2017 at the KCC, and the King Sejong Institute in Korea has dispatched Korean teachers to the Philippines to teach the language. The DepEd SPFL-Korea language program is supported by Korea’s Ministry of Education.
The second batch of DepEd SPFL program teachers finished their training and immersion program last June 2019. The teachers started teaching the Korean Language this school year.
“I believe that these books and learning materials will be a great help for the teachers and the students who are learning the Korean language. I hope that through this initiative, students will be more interested to learn and appreciate the Korean language,” KCC Director Lee Jincheol said.