For four days from May 25 to May 28, 2021, the Division of Understanding Korea Project in the Center for International Affairs at the Academy of Korean Studies (ASK) held an ‘Online Textbook Seminar for Educators of Côte d’Ivoire’ given difficulties in inviting them over to Korea due to the prolonged COVID-19 situation.
Using the online platform Zoom, the training organizer featured a seminar for two days from May 25th to 26th followed by a series of lectures over the remaining two days from May 27th to 28th. The four-day event was fully attended by four teachers and officials from the Ministry of Education and Technical Training of Côte d’Ivoire, indicating keen interest in the topic in the country.
In the seminar on textbooks, in-depth discussions were made between Korean speakers, including researchers from the Division of Understanding Korea Project, and experts on education and textbooks in Côte d’Ivoire, about a host of topics including the two countries’ curriculum and textbook systems; textbook production processes; current status of history and geography classes; support of teaching methods for teachers; Korean content that can be introduced in Ivory Coast textbooks; and the sustainable development of friendly relations between the two countries.
Meanwhile, the lectures on Korea provided an opportunity for attendees to broaden their perspectives on the Korean economic development processes; the country’s characteristics in humanities and geography along with its cities’ transformation history; and its cultural and religious landscapes. The attendees demonstrated great interest in the topics through numerous questions and appreciated the valuable opportunities to learn a lot about Korea.
Following the successful online training on the Korean culture for those in the African country, the Academy of Korean Studies will continue sharing textbooks and Understanding Korea materials with them in a bid to further deepen mutual understanding between the two nations.