Namyangju provides unsparing support for children welfare programs
Namyangju is determined to promote children’s programs covering a variety of areas from education and sports to art, culture, safety and welfare.
Mayor Joo Kwang-deok emphasizes, “Children and youth are the assets of the future of Namyangju. Efficient investment and support, therefore, is the key. Public facilities created with citizens’ taxes should be opened for use by children and citizens or used as cultural and artistic spaces.”
In his speeches, Joo emphasized: care classes for primary school students, operation of tennis academies, strengthening universal education policies, and nurturing future talents for the era of declining birth rate and aging population.
Since early March, the city has started operating the “2023 Children’s Tennis Academy” at seven of the nine tennis courts.
Joo points out, “The academy, which instills dreams and hopes in children, is something that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the country but Namyangju.”
Children participates in administration of Namyangju
Namyangju is holding One Day Honorary Mayor program to increase students’ participation in administration. The city receives letters of recommendation from 105 schools (69 elementary schools and 36 middle schools) to determine the order without bias, and appoints 10 honorary mayors each month. Starting with the participation of 9 students from 5 schools, including Wolsan Elementary School, in October last year, 41 students have participated until February this year. Students meet with the mayor, receive a letter of appointment, and feel comfortable sharing the city’s children and youth policies. After then, they tour the city hall.
Joo says, “I want children to suggest wants and needs alongside good ideas that can make a better city. I will continue encouraging citizen participation so that their opinions can be reflected in municipal administration.”
Human Book Library
Namyangju City is also promoting the diversity of child care programs.
Joo says, “We will strive to help the Multi-Family Care Center, which is a safe and happy space, bridge the educational gap through the Human Book Library program.”
4 centers and 3 regional children centers have been linked with the library so far. The program will feature board games, Go, chess, and singing sign language, which will be held more than 80 times through June.
Joo says, “We will give our children the utmost attention so that they can grow up to shine like bright jewels and be healthy. Above all, the city will strive to make Namyangju safe and happy for children.”
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