Under the auspices of the AKS - FUB/RUB Overseas Leading University Program for Korean Studies an advanced education training designed for German secondary school teachers was successfully held at Ruhr-University Bochum. The event entitled Der Konflikt zwischen Nord- und Südkorea. Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart (The conflict between North- and South Korea. From the beginning to the present day) was conducted by Mr. YU Myoungin of Ruhr-University Bochum (research assistant). The advanced education training was offered in order to broaden the secondary school teachers’ knowledge about Korea, ultimately leading to an enhanced implementation of Korea-related topics and themes in the regular lessons at German schools. The conflict between North- and South Korea was chosen as an initial topic because it lends itself easily for linking up with the schools’ regular subject matters (concerning classes in history, social studies, political studies and East Asian studies (Chinese and Japanese)), thus heightening the chances of Korea-related topics being taken up by the respective teachers. During the workshop, questions concerning the comparability of the situations in Korea and pre-reunified Germany as well as concerning the influence the German reunification might have had on Korean reunification efforts were raised. Furthermore, China and Japan’s stance towards a Korean unification were put up for discussion.
The successful pilot project conducted in March 2010 will serve as a basis for further, optimized advanced education trainings aimed at a heightening of awareness for Korea-related topics in secondary schools. Follow-up projects will be even more geared towards the needs of teachers from the fields of political science, social studies and science of history.