Posted November. 26, 2004 22:54,
The government decided to carry out a field trip to the demarcation line, demilitarized zone (DMZ), construction sites of railroads and roads that will connect South and North Koreas, and Mt. Geumgang in North Korea for a total of 20,000 people consisting of 18,700 middle and high school students and 1,300 teachers who will lead the trip during their winter vacation between December and next February
The Ministry of Unification and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development on Friday jointly announced the expenses and procedures for selecting beneficiaries of the program at the Central Government Complex in central Seoul.
The government will grant 168,000 won to each participant for their basic expenses including sightseeing and room, with 90,000 won at his or her own expense for local transportation and board during the three-day trip. The government will cover all the expenses for adolescent heads of families and livelihood protection recipients
In regard to choosing students for this program, the Education Ministry ordered the local Offices of Education to select students under their supervision after allocating a total of 17,000 participants to each office of education in proportion to the number of students each city and province has. Also, 1,700 will be elected among applicants for a program, titled, Challenge! The Bell of Reunification, arranged by Education Center for Unifications online education for unification site (www.uniedu.go.kr) and participants in a local television networks quiz program for middle and high school students.
Each office of education decided that final participants would consist of 10 percent of the second and third generation offsprings whose ancestors moved from North Korean provinces and another 10 percent of adolescent heads of families. In December, it will primarily select high school third graders who have finished the College Scholastic Aptitude Test.