Korean Cultural Centre India (KCCI) under its ‘Indian School Project’ is currently conducting the ‘Story Telling Program’ for 2808 students from seven schools, which will continue till 10th May 2022. The students are getting to watch plays like ‘Heungbu and Nolbu’ and ‘The Story of Princess Huh’ and ‘Faithful Daughter Sim Cheong’ before their schools are going to close for summer vacation.
Korean centre along with this storytelling session will organize KCCI Tour Program for students and KCCI will have 209 students from eight different schools to visit the centre to experience Hanbok, Korean food, Taekwondo, and Korean traditional games. The centre is planning to organize the KCCI Tour Program 50 times a year.
Mr. Hwang Il-Yong, Director of Korean Cultural Centre India said, “The month of May is called as ‘the month of family’ in Korea for there are holidays dedicated for family participants like 5th May(Children Day), 8th May(Parent Day). Celebrating 5th May, ‘Children Day’, and hoping Indian children also must be recognized and respected, we have prepared these special events for Indian children and students. We hope that the ‘Story Telling Program’ and ‘KCCI Tour Program’, which has re-started offline will serve as a good opportunity for Indian school students to get interested in Korean culture and will also help them learn more about Korea.”
Further to this, KCCI plans to have the ‘Story Telling Program’ session at Indian schools 20 times a year, and is also planning to conduct the ‘Online Storytelling Program’ by sending the video recordings of the three Korean tales mentioned above, to 119 partner schools in India.
The children and teachers from storytelling program are quite happy watching and listening Korean stories. Soumya Pandagre, a 8th grade student at ASN School, who watched ‘Faithful Daughter Sim Cheong’ said, “Through the story, I was able to appreciate the true bond between a daughter and father, and I was reminded once again that the only thing that matters, whether one is poor or rich, is the true relationship between people.”
Vinita Nanda Bhutani (teacher, Mount Abu School) added, “Through ‘The story of Princess Huh’, I was able to learn about the long-established relationship between Korea and India, which began 2,000 years ago, and I hope that for the development of each country, Korea and India will continue and grow as good friends in the future.”