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Dr. Catherine Darnell Represents Centre in South Korea 10th September 2018 Conference

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues was invited to present the Centre's Aristotelian approach to Character Education at 'The 21st Century Human Values Forum 2018' held in Andong, South Korea. Organised by the Korea Foundation for Cultures and Ethics, this years forum was held under the theme 'Life; Embracing the Values of Living'. The conference brought together over 4000 participants and delegates from 26 different countries and included distinguished guests from South Korea, involving a recorded welcome address by the president of South Korea and a keynote speech by Chung Sye-Kyun, a congressman and former chairman of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. 

 

In 2015, South Korea introduced the 'character education promotion act' which put character education at the centre of the school curriculum, requiring all schools to provide “an education with the purpose of cultivating one’s own internal self and raising humane temperament and faculties necessary to cope and live with others, in a community and in nature.” On 6th September 2018, Dr Catherine Darnell joined Professor Osamu Nakayamu the President of Reitaku University in Japan, Doug Carr the president of Character.org based in the USA and Lee Yong Tae, the chairman of the Korea Foundation for Cultures and Ethics to talk about the principles of character education. This was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Yong-Lin Moon, former Minister of Education, with South Korean teachers, academics and charities to share implementation ideas by comparing domestic and foreign examples.

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