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Closed A new Life in Freedom: Help North Korean Defectors

A project from PSCORE People for Successful COrean REunification
in Seoul, South Korea

PSCORE gives North Korean defectors not only the opportunity to improve their English language skills but also to gain more self confidence in themselves in accustoming with South Korean society.

Y. Kim
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About this project

PSCORE Education Program Description
North Korea is one of the most oppressive countries in the world, with the most severe human rights situation. Hunger, torture and fear make up everyday life in North Korea. Those who know that there is a better place to live, escape but with arriving in South Korea new challenges begin and defectors steadily feel overwhelmed by the big culture shock. It is a start from a psychologically traumatic past to a new life full of study and work worries.
Beginning in October 2006, PSCORE (People for Successful Corean Reunification, 성공적인 통일을 만들어가는 사람들, 성통만사) has run a customized one-on-one educational support program for North Korean refugees now residing in South Korea. Many of them had their education interrupted by the collapse of the education system during the famine in North Korea and while living in hiding in China.
Regardless of how much South Korean culture young refugees may have been exposed to in North Korea, they generally lag behind in terms of their social and cultural knowledge. As a result, catching up with their South Korean counterparts is no easy task. PSCORE gives North Korean defectors not only the opportunity to improve their English language skills but also to gain more self confidence in themselves in accustoming with South Korean society.
PSCORE’s executive director, co-founder and Young-il Kim shares a personal anecdote: “I had a friend who at first had a defensive personality. Within a year of one-on-one educational support he was more pleasant to be around and studied harder. My friend became a class officer, and when I witnessed him speaking freely with foreigners I realized that educational achievement was not the only benefit participants were gaining.”
As by 2013, PSCORE facilitates meetings between approximately 100 students and 100 teachers, assisting North Korean defectors to build up their new life, in freedom.