calendar>>May 31. 2012 Juch 101
Fundamental Different Fates of Children in North and South
Pyongyang, May 31 (KCNA) -- How to bring up the younger generation is an important issue on which hinges the nation's future.

The lifeline of the revolution is carried forward by the younger generation and the future of the country hinges on them.

Therefore, the DPRK has spared nothing for the younger generation, deeming it as a mainstay to bring them up well from long ago.

It is in pursuance of this policy to celebrate June 6, the holiday of the Korean Children's Union, as a great event to be recorded in the history of the country.

Brisk preparations have been made for the celebrations under the deep care of the party, the state and all the people.

Pyongyang is ready to welcome 20,000 delegates including exemplary KCU members from all primary and secondary schools and their branches across the country.

Arrangements for diverse events have already been wound up.

Famous national art troupes have good programs for concerts and other art performances. The Kaeson Youth Park Funfair, the Central Zoo, Okryu Restaurant, Chongryu Restaurant, etc. are fully ready to welcome the delegates.

The coming month of June will be crowded with unprecedentedly significant events in which the children will enjoy blessings of the whole country.

This is the fruition of the dear respected Kim Jong Un's noblest idea of giving importance to the future as he has carried forward the ennobling outlook of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il on the younger generation.

The DPRK is the only country in the world which projects the children as its kings and has consistently enforced a policy of preferential treatment of younger generation in all parts of it.

The DPRK has attached importance to the education of the younger generation, enforcing free education from primary schools to universities.

It is under this loving care that the schoolchildren in the DPRK are now firmly preparing themselves as knowledgeable, virtuous and healthy pillars of Songun Korea.

The reality of south Korea is quite different from the above-said reality in the DPRK.

According to the opinion poll made by the Institute for Juvenile Policy Studies among more than 9 400 students of primary, middle and high schools on their social outlook, 50 percent of the respondents said they wished to live in foreign countries.

At a time when juvenile crimes have become a serious social problem, the number of those children who left their houses or stopped going to school has rapidly increased to reach about 80,000 since the Lee Myung Bak regime emerged.

According to a survey of school violence made by the puppet Ministry of Education, Science and Technology among students of primary, middle and high schools in south Korea, 167,395 victims said they were exposed to violence at schools.

Suicides held the biggest proportion among the teenage casualties in south Korea.

The puppet educational authorities are deploring that the rate of suicide is higher than casualties claimed by traffic incidents, diseases and crimes. Economic difficulties, the problem in entering schools of higher grade and rampant violence, etc. are the main causes of juvenile suicides.

Unable to bear all sorts of pressures, a product of social evils, teenagers give up their wishes to enter schools of higher grade and hope for the future. In the end they take their own lives, cursing the society unfit for human habitation.

Even educational officials concerned in south Korea said:

"Youngsters choose to commit suicides, giving up their growth and lives. This bespeaks that there is a very serious problem in the present system".

These are the fundamentally different realities in the north and the south of Korea.

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