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  ON THE OCCASION OF THE 72nd FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA

 

ON THE OCCASION OF THE 72nd FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF

THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA

 

National Emblem of the DPRK

The national emblem of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea bears the design of a grand hydroelectric power station under Mt Paektu and the beaming light of a five-pointed red star, with ears of rice forming an oval frame, bound with a red ribbon bearing the inscription The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The emblem, instituted with the founding of the DPRK in September Juche 37 (1948), gives a graphic image of the country.

Mt Paektu Portrayed in the National Emblem

Mt Paektu (2 750m) portrayed in the national emblem is the highest mountain in Korea, and it is regarded by the Korean nation as their ancestral mountain.

What is more important is the fact that an armed struggle was waged centring around the mountain to liberate the country from the Japanese imperialist occupation (1905-1945).

Created during the armed struggle led by Kim Il Sung (1912-1994) were the spirit of thoroughgoing independence, self-reliance and fortitude, the experience and exploits in the building of a party, state and armed forces, and the method and style of work of trusting the masses and enlisting their strength.

Mt Paektu in the national emblem depicts the will of the Korean people to carry forward the traditions of the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle.

Today the DPRK is recognized as a country with a strong spirit of independence and is advancing vigorously, repulsing the challenges and blockade of the outside forces in the spirit of self-reliance−it is because the country has carried forward the traditions of Mt Paektu.

Unity, Foundation of Existence of a Country

The red ribbon portrayed in the national emblem stands for the unity of the Korean people.

Unity constitutes a foundation of all the state activities. All the successes and victories it has achieved in the face of the tenacious challenges and moves by the hostile forces to isolate and stifle it are inconceivable separated from the steel-like unity of the Korean society.

The single-hearted unity of the leader, the Party and the masses, an ideal at the time of the founding of the state, has now been raised to a new high under the leadership of     Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission.

Symbol of Development of Self-supporting Economy

The hydroelectric power station depicted in the emblem is symbolic of Korea’s modern industry based on heavy industry.

Among more than 200 countries in the world, the DPRK is the only country which depicted a symbol of electrification in its national emblem.

The ears of rice portrayed in the emblem represent the bright prospect of socialist agriculture of the DPRK.

 

 

Educational Policy of the DPRK and Its Future

The people who visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea say that the country has a bright and optimistic future. They take its educational policy as an example.

The country introduced universal primary compulsory education, the first of its kind in the East, in 1956 and then universal compulsory secondary education and universal free education in 1958 and 1959, respectively.

The country has also built and operated many extracurricular educational bases at state expense.

Subsequently, the DPRK enforced the 11-year free education in a comprehensive way in September 1975, the most advanced education system in the world in those days.

Entering the new century, the country has achieved further advance in the education sector; the Supreme People’s Assembly enacted the law on the introduction of universal 12-year compulsory education in September 2012.

Once UNESCO made an analysis of the interrelation between the term of education and the rate of economic growth, and expressed the view that the increase of one more year in the term of education leads to 9% increase in the rate of economic growth.

Even though they are aware of this, many countries hesitate to increase the term of education because it presupposes a huge investment. However, despite the difficult economic conditions owing to the challenges and blockade by the hostile forces, the DPRK enforced the law with an eye into the distant future.

The refresher course has long been enforced for those on active service in their jobs. 

President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), founding father of socialist Korea, put forward in his work, Theses on Socialist Education, published in September 1977 the theory that all the members of society should be educated throughout their life.

It is noteworthy that only in this century, decades later, many countries adopted the principle of continuous education for the people for their sustainable growth.

Todaythe DPRK sets high standards to attain by educationit has set forth the line of making all its people well-versed in science and technology in order to prepare them as intelligent workers with the level of a university graduate. To this endmany technical colleges have been set up and online education expanded. The newly-built Sci-Tech Complex disseminates the latest scientific and technological data through the network, encouraging all the people to raise the level of their scientific and technological knowledge continuously and proactively apply them in their work.

The prospects of the DPRK enforcing the future-oriented educational policy are bright.

 

 

Attractive Leader

Many people around the world are unstinting in their praise of Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, calling him a man to whom everyone cannot but be attracted.

Beloved Leader of the People

The Korean people call him “our leader” and “beloved leader of the people.”

Wherever he goes, they greet him with thunderous applause and feel honoured by his visit.  Their respect for him is based on his noble personality and benevolent politics for the people.

His political activities are always related to the people and consist of important undertakings geared to realizing their hope and desire.

Make selfless, devoted efforts for the good of the people! Give top and absolute priority to the interests of the people!

These catch-phrases of his are permeated with his boundless love and affection for the people. He regards himself as a servant of the people.

The photos he has taken with the people are quite illustrative.

He had photos taken with the people even in a storehouse filled with fishy smell or on a heap of potatoes and with kindergarteners on his both sides. Such photos cannot be found in the albums of heads of state of other countries.

Witnessing the thunderous cheers of the Korean people for their leader, many foreign visitors said that they wondered whether they were in heaven or on the earth.

Leader in World Spotlight

In the bedlam caused by COVID-19 which rapidly spreads over the world in 2020,    Kim Jong Un is back in the spotlight.

In late January, Kim Jong Un, with a keen insight into the serious consequences of the spread of COVID-19, saw to it that decisive, preemptive and comprehensive anti-epidemic emergency measures were taken throughout the country.

It was before the WHO declared the international emergency state due to COVID-19. In this situation, the DPRK set the national anti-epidemic emergency system in motion ahead of the other countries and started a strong nationwide anti-epidemic combat against COVID-19. The far-sightedness and outstanding leadership of Kim Jong Un further attracted the worldwide attention.

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