[Gwangju] Child Welfare System in Korea

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Butlers Korea
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2018-02-06 12:10
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February 10
Child Welfare System in Korea
by MDream Garden Children’s Home
Executive Director Eunkang Chung

Eunkang Chung is the fourth generation in his family to lead the Mudeung Dream Garden (MDream,) a children’s home located near the foot of Mudeung Mountain in Hakwoo-dong that his great-grandfather opened in 1928 and that took in hundreds of orphans after the Korea War. Now, there are around eighty children aged 2-18 living at MDream. Many international residents in Gwangju have come to volunteer at the home, with English classes and even taking free Korean classes from the children living there. However, many people, including Koreans, do not have a full understanding of child welfare in Gwangju and Korea.

In this GIC Talk, Chung would like to give an overview on the child welfare system in Korea. How it started, evolved and how it is today. As the current vice president of the Gwangju Child Welfare Association, he will introduce the different children homes, residential homes, once known as “orphanages,” in Gwangju as well as MDream, to take a closer a look at what it looks like on the inside. “Are residential homes out-dated?” “What is the future of child welfare?” are some questions to think about and posed to the audience.

See the story “MDream Children’s Home: What’s it all about?” in the May 2012 issue of Gwangju News and Chung’s entry in People You Should Know in Gwangju on the Gwangju Blog in November 2015.

2월10일
한국의 아동복지시스템
연사: 무등육아원 원장 정은강

정은강 원장은 학운동 무등산 자락에 위치한 무등육아원을 4대째 운영해오고 있습니다. 그의 증조부가 무등보육원으로 1928년에 개원했으며 한국전쟁 이후에 수백명의 고아들을 돌보아 왔고, 현재 2세부터 18세까지의 80여명의 어린이들이 생활하고 있습니다. 광주에 거주하는 외국인들이 영어를 가르쳐주는 자원봉사를 하고 있으며, 아이들로부터 무료 한국수업도 받고 있습니다. 하지만 한국인을 비롯하여 많은 사람들은 여전히 한국과 광주의 아동 복지에 대한 이해가 부족합니다.

이번 GIC 토크에서 전반적인 한국아동복지시스템의 시작, 발전과정, 현재상황 등을 설명하고 광주아동복지협회 부회장을 겸직 중인 정은강 원장은 무등육아원뿐만 아니라 ‘고아원’으로 알려진 광주의 여러 애육원과 아동보호시설 내부 모습을 소개할 것입니다. “생활관이 오래됐나요?” “아동복지의 미래는 어떨까요?” 등과 같은 몇가지 질문에 생각해보고 청중들에게도 답을 구할 것입니다.

2012년 광주뉴스 5월호에 실린 ‘아이들의 집, 무등육아원의 모든 것’ 기사와 2015년 11월 Gwangju Blog에 실린 ‘광주에서 알아야 할 사람’ 게시물을 참고하시기 바랍니다.

 
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