By : Kharik Amani, Lc
Alhamdulillah, some time ago I and 9 teachers from several high schools in the vicinity of Jakarta, Bandung and Balikpapan got the opportunity to visit South Korea in order to attend the invitation of ‘Foreign Educator Invitation Event’, a subsidiary project of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2018, to promote educational traveling in Korea for the foreign youths. This activity takes place from 19 to 24 November 2018
For about 1 week we were invited to visit several educational institutions, youth festivals and very interesting tourist attractions in the country famous for its ginseng. We found many interesting things during the activity and made us want to go back there again someday.
South Korea has now become one of the developed countries of the Asian continent that is very calculated in the international world. Almost in every house around us, there must be products from there. Or Try asking young people now, who doesn’t know K-pop, K-wave, Korean Drama? Of the ten young men, maybe only one raised their hands. That’s how South Korea is now. The country that is actually still overshadowed by a civil war with its neighbor North Korea but is able to rise from the shadows is even able to show off in the international arena.
Hardworking, disciplined and organized may be one of the keys to this progress. The hard working soul has been invested from a small age since they entered the formal education level. Students there are accustomed to being burdened with a tight schedule and high targets in order to be able to qualify for a college that is very strict in its entrance examination. Departing school at 7 am and just returning home at 10 pm is a common thing there. In addition to very adequate facilities, the role of parents is very influential in the education system there. In each school, there is a special room for consultation between parents and teachers.
الْكَلِمَةُ الْحِكْمَةُ ضَالَّةُ الْمُؤْمِنِ فَحَيْثُ وَجَدَهَا فَهُوَ أَحَقُّ بِهَا
“wisdom are valuable items of the lost believers. Wherever he found it, he was more entitled to it.” (HR at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah) .
With a Muslim population of less than 5 percent, of course South Korea is not an easy destination for us to visit. But there are many Islamic values that we rarely find and visiting there might make us better.
An nyeong hi ga se yo, ban gap seum ni da….