August 09, 2011 13:10
A Korean language and cultural education center will be established in Bau-Bau, Indonesia, home of the Cia-Cia tribe who chose Hangeul as the official script to transcribe their aboriginal language. The Hunminjeongeum Society announced that the Sejong School will be open at Muhammadiyah University of Buton in September.
Kyungpook National University, which is in charge of recruiting the teaching staff, recently advertised for two Korean language instructors to work there. Half of the students enrolled at the Muhammadiyah University of Buton are from the Cia-Cia tribe.
The Cia-Cia, who number about 60,000, have their own language but did not have an alphabet until, in 2009, they decided to adopt the Korean alphabet or Hangeul. Currently, Cia-Cia students in primary schools learn the language using textbooks written in Korean.
Kim Ha-na of the Hunminjeongeum Society said, the Sejong School "will serve as a catalyst to spread Hangeul across Indonesia as well as the world."
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