North Korea Freedom Week Report

The Isabella Foundation’s North Korea Freedom Week Event with Kim Hee-yeon, Dr. Pavel Klein, Han Soo-ae, Dr. Lee Ae Ran, Suzanne Scholte, Kim Seong Min, and Lee Wi-ruk (not pictured)

For the second time in a row due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, North Korea Freedom Week was conducted online again in 2021 rather than in person. Under the overall theme of Open North Korea, the Isabella Foundation hosted the Open Borders segment on April 28 by interviewing four North Korean defectors who currently live in South Korea. Other organizations sponsored NKFW 2021’s two other segments: Open Hearts, and Open Minds. Additional event reports, videos, and transcripts are available at NKFW.org.

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North Korea Freedom Week is Next Week!

It’s hard to believe a full year has passed, but next week is indeed North Korea Freedom Week. This year’s theme is OPEN! North Korea — Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Borders. The Isabella Foundation is taking on the important theme of Open Borders. We will host a session on the current state of vulnerable populations, especially children, in North Korea and how humanitarian … Read more

Conversation with “Jade”, a North Korean defector

On Tuesday, February 23, Isabella Foundation held an online meeting with our friends and supporters that included a conversation with “Jade”, a defector from North Korea. Speaking from Seoul, Jade described leaving North Korea on her own as a seventeen-year-old girl, surviving two harrowing years as a restaurant worker in China, escaping China, and finally … Read more

DailyMail: North Korea triples the amount of propaganda taught to pre-schoolers  

This Article Originally Appeared on the Daily Mail Published: 09:49 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 14:14 BST, 16 September 2020 North Korea has tripled the amount of propaganda taught to pre-school children, forcing pupils to spend half their school day learning about Kim Jong Un under new orders handed down by his sister.  The new curriculum specifies that ‘Greatness Education’, … Read more

Kim Yo Jong updates “Greatness Education” curriculum at preschools Kim Yoo Jin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, recently ordered changes to the “Greatness Education” curriculum at the country’s preschools and the new curriculum was handed down to preschools nationwide on Aug. 25, Daily NK has learned. “Greatness Education” is aimed at cultivating loyalty and trust toward North Korea’s leadership among the country’s … Read more

Child mortality down in North Korea but remains high, U.N. data shows

Sept. 10 (UPI) — The child mortality rate in North Korea has been declining for decades but remains high compared to South Korea, according to data from United Nations agencies. The latest Level and Trends in Child report from UNICEF and the U.N. Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation indicates the death rate of children under 5 is … Read more

DailyNK: Students, senior citizens mobilized to mine for calcium carbonate in Chagang Province by Mun Dong Hui

Amid the push to finish the Pyongyang General Hospital by Oct. 10, North Korea has been sending senior citizens and students into a mine in Chagang Province to obtain resources for the hospital’s construction, Daily NK has learned.  “In early July, the Cabinet and Central Committee ordered Sijung Mine in Chagang Province to produce 10 … Read more

Daily NK: North Korea delays the start of the school year, again by Ha Yoon Ah

North Korea has delayed the start of the school year again due to concern over the potential spread of COVID-19 and widespread damage to schools from recent typhoons and monsoon rains, Daily NK has learned. “On Tuesday afternoon, the Cabinet’s Ministry of Education [referring to the two ministries that handle primary, secondary and university education] … Read more