Dream of Learning

Everyone has a dream of being a world-famous inventor, a famous athlete and an outstanding musician in his or her twenties and thirties. But the dream does not come true of its own accord.

As there is a saying that a seed sown on a fertile soil can bear sound fruits, the dreams and hopes of people can be realized on the soil of a good social system.

In the United States, over 1.2 million students give up senior high school course halfway every year, due to lack of schooling expenses.

According to data, it costs $10 000 to study in a public college and $50 000 in a private college, and $500 000 in some specialist education sectors such as medical education.

According to a nationwide survey in Australia in 2019, about 60% of students regard financial burden as their biggest worry. One tenth of students, who are unable to afford their school expenses, give up their study and one of three has an idea of committing suicide.

Tokyo Shimbun of Japan carried an article that suicide takes the top place of the causes of death among teenagers.

But the DPRK enforces a universal 12-year compulsory education system to fully provide everyone with the right to study free of charge.

Pupils and students give full play to their hopes and talents in the excellent educational conditions and environments amid the deep interest of the country and society.

DPRK students Ryu Song I and Jon Yu Jong were awarded the prizes of the International Grand Master of Memory, the top prize of the 28th World Memory Championships held in 2019. They said to the jury and journalists as follows: During the championships, we keenly felt that our socialist country is the best. We missed our universities, teachers and dear family members.

A Chinese from Yunnan Province said to the DPRK students as follows: I think my child has not received good education for intellectual development. I want my child to study in the DPRK. And I’ll advise my friends to send their children to the DPRK.

Last year, some foreigners enjoyed a wonderful performance given by the children at Kyongsang Kindergarten in Pyongyang. Looking at children who admirably played world-famous music and other songs, they asked the head of the kindergarten how much money the children pay per hour to learn playing the piano.

On hearing her answer that they learn free of charge, the foreigners expressed their admiration for the educational system of the DPRK.