Yeo Myung School

Yeomyung School is a small alternate school for young North Korean escapees.

LocationSouth Korea

Issue AreaEducation

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Our Mission

Despite the lack of funding for education from the South Korean, Chinese and North Korean government for young North Korean escapees, the Yeomyung school provides education and protection, and help them to adapt to the democratic society.

The Need

Many North Korean escapee women don’t get enough funding for their kids that resulted from forced marriage in China. These women left North Korea as teenagers and became the citizens of South Korea. They often experience depression and anxiety due to the emotional wounds from the past.

The Solution

Yeomyung School provides specialized education for North Korean escapee students. The school helps the students with the emotional wounds that resulted from their detrimental past. They also offer a class that focuses on learning Korean for students who were born in China.

Our Impact

The school built a socially integrated school model for refugees and lower class students. From 2004, the school provides a customized education from specialized teachers, a dormitory and a treatment that helps the mind and the body for the students.

Students born in North Korea from Yeomyung school are predominantly from the lower-class of North Korea who lost their family after leaving North Korea; they have a big gap in education. 

Children born in China from Yeomyung school were born between a North Korean escapee mother and Chinese dad. The North Korea escapee mother escaped China to South Korea away from their controlling Chinese husband after their delivery of their child. Many of them experienced poverty and abandonment by their father from a young age which led them to experience emotional deficit. By the time of teenage years, the children go to South Korea to stay with their mom but they have a language barrier. Through Yeomyung school, the children are able to talk to their parents, help them adapt to South Korea and moreover, help with the unity of South and North Korea.

Yeomyung School’s relocation did not take place due to severe opposition from local residents at the planned relocation site. Even though the school experience difficulty regularly due to the discrimination against the North Korean escapee students, this experience was an opportunity to recognize and reflect the current state of human rights and discrimination in Korean society.

About this Organization

LocationSouth Korea
Issue AreaEducation

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