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N.K. renovating schools with foreign donations

All Headlines 09:41 June 23, 2008

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, June 23 (Yonhap) - North Korea, which is marking the 60th anniversary of its foundation this year, has stepped up efforts to improve educational facilities across the country with help from foreign countries and overseas Koreans, a pro-Pyongyang Korean-language daily in Japan said Monday.

Schools severely damaged by last year's flooding were being rebuilt and old university buildings renovated under a program being pushed by a civilian North Korean fund established to support the country's education sector, the Choson Sinbo said.

The program is being actively supported by Australian, Swiss, Vietnamese and Finish charitable funds as well as Korean residents in Canada, said the daily of Chongryon, or the pro-Pyongyang Association of Korean Residents in Japan.

Much of the funding is being used to construct a new building for Koryo Songgyungwan, a university of light industry in Kaesong, south of Pyongyang, and modernize educational facilities at Kimchaek University of Technology with a history of 60 years in Pyongyang, according to the report.

Donating daily supplies to students and educational materials to schools in remote villages was also part of the program.

North Korea established the civilian fund in January 2005 to raise money necessary to improve educational facilities across the country.


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