The Korean folk tale “Two Good Brothers” is written in Spanish in a state textbook for elementary school students in Guatemala. Courtesy of Gyeongsangbuk-do Office of Education
The introduction of Korean folk tales and culture to Guatemalan students has been made possible through the efforts of the GBE over the last 15 years, as it signed an agreement with Guatemala in 2006 to carry out an education and information support program.
The GBE has provided 2,180 desktop computers to Guatemalan education authorities since 2006. It has also invited 251 Guatemalan teachers to Korea through an invitation training program during the same period.
In 2019, Guatemala’s elementary and middle school textbooks began to feature content about Korea, including traditional folk tales. The state textbooks are used in 85 percent of all the country’s elementary schools and 40 percent of its middle schools.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the education office offered online training to 39 Guatemalan teachers last year using a remote education platform developed by the Ministry of Education. The GBE said it is planning to provide more online training sessions for teachers there as well as send more desktop computers, laptops and beam projectors this year.
Recognizing the support, Guatemalan Ambassador to Korea Marco Tulio Chicas Sosa visited the GBE offices last week to express his gratitude. He brought textbooks containing the Korean content as gifts for the office.