North Korea Hungry For Knowledge, Education Says Foundation
May 10, 2016
BEIJING, May 9 (Bernama) -- Students and scientists in North Korea are hungry for
knowledge, education and international output, says the Vienna-based International
Peace Foundation (IPF).
IPF's advisory board chairman, Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein, said that enhancing
education and science among the young generation in North Korea, was a basis for
peace and development.
"We want to give the young generation in North Korea a voice, a voice seldom heard
of and listened to, a voice that could provide hope for peaceful changes, an
opportunity not to be missed, because we change nothing by not engaging," he said at
a press conference.
The press conference was held in conjunction with the visit of Nobel Laureates from
Norway, Israel, and the United Kingdom to North Korea in support of education and
peaceful changes, from May 2-6.
IPF, with its Asian office in Bangkok and Korean National Peace Committee also jointly
facilitated a series of "Bridges-Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace" in cooperation
with the Ministry of Higher Education, Kim II Sung University, Kim Chaek University of
Technology and Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.
The inaugural event held in Pyongyang could become a regular and yearly programme
aimed at inspiring the young generation and strengthened international understanding
by building long-term bridges between Nobel Laureates and universities in North
Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein, hoped that such efforts would be a gateway of opening
up and establishing dialogues, which could contribute to wider understanding, beyond
He said that the visit was mainly focused on medical development and economic
policies, adding that the North Koreans met during the visit expressed willingness to
communicate with the outside world.
Meanwhile, Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, Prof Aaron Ciechanover, said that the
inability to freely access the Internet and the US sanctions on North Korea, were
limiting works and researches of scientists in that country.
"Science and technology is an indication of main efforts for change in North Korea," he