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Interview with Director Lim Hyun-mook of APCEIU in Seoul

By Ilaria Righi (University fo | 기사입력 2022/05/03 [07:38]

Interview with Director Lim Hyun-mook of APCEIU in Seoul

By Ilaria Righi (University fo | 입력 : 2022/05/03 [07:38]



Q: Director Lim, why was this institute founded specifically in South Korea?

A: The Korean government proposed to the General Conference, which is the highest decision-making body of UNESCO, to establish this centre in South Korea. Three years after the proposal, the Korean government and UNESCO signed an agreement on which APCEIU was founded in 2000. 

 

Q: How has the situation changed after this centre was established?

A: Over the past 22 years, this centre focused mainly on training educators. Not only teachers and professors, but also civil society practitioners and activists. We have helped them teach our values of Global Citizenship to their students and fellow citizens. The main purpose is to promote Education for International Understanding and more recently Global Citizenship Education. 

 

Q: What would APCEIU like to achieve with EIU and Global Citizenship Education in the future? 

A: First, the UNESCO concept of Education for International Understanding aims to foster understanding between different nations and people, in order to reduce stereotypes, misunderstandings, and prejudices against each other. The founders of UNESCO believed that those misjudgements of other countries are the root causes of war and violence. They thought that they had to tackle these problems first to ensure long-lasting peace. It’s clear that the idea of Education for International Understanding was rooted in the history of UNESCO. Together with this idea, UNESCO developed the concept of GCED, by which we’re trying to foster the sense of belonging to a human community regardless of nationality, race, gender, religion, and language. 

 

Q: Could we say that one of the main goals is to develop a sense of humanism in people? 

A: Yes, especially to overcome narrow-minded exclusive nationalism. We need the ability to work together, going beyond our national boundaries, to solve the most challenging and pressing problems that we face today, such as discrimination, war, famine, and climate change. We need to develop within ourselves the values of respecting cultural diversity and, at the same time, the capacity to work together. 

 

Q: So, is that why you focus on education?

A: Yes, we can help learners develop the ability to strengthen solidarity and cooperation through education.  

 

Q: Could you give me an example of one of your activities? 

A: The Asian-Pacific region has about 45 countries. We usually invite educators, civil society leaders, and youth leaders to our workshops. Each year, we organize a number of workshops, and we provide these people with training opportunities on EIU and GCED. They can create class plans and activities in their local context. We also support them to carry out these classes as some follow-up actions once they get back to their countries.  

 

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