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Hangeul education wins favorable responses from Bolivian tribe

Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, is being taught to a tribe in Bolivia in South America, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade reported on April 26.

A singboard in Indonesian and Hangeul at the Cia Cia village in Bau-Bau City, Indonesia (Yonhap News)According to the ministry, the Korean embassy in La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia, has been teaching Hangeul to the Aymara community since July last year.

Korea’s Ambassador to Bolivia Kim Hong-rac initiated the education project after hearing about the adoption of Hangeul by the Cia-Cia tribe in Indonesia in 2009.

With a population of 2 million, the Aymara have their own oral language but no written form.

The education program is composed of classes for students and adults and takes place every Saturday. Nearly 20 people attend each class. Ambassador Kim has made the textbooks and been teaching the students himself, according to the Foreign Ministry.
The embassy has been receiving favorable responses from the Aymara community, according to the ministry.

Bolivian government officials, including President Evo Morales and Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca, have shown strong interest in the program, and the embassy has also received a request from Peru, Yonhap News reported on Apr. 26.

By Yoon Sojung Staff Writer


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