Children of Korea

Children Cultivate Patriotic Minds While Growing Trees

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Students from Kwangbogui Chollikil Junior Middle School in Mangyongdae District, Pyongyang, plant trees on the occasion of the anniversary of the Korean Children’s Union (June 6).

There is a forest tended by students of Kwangbogui Chollikil Junior Middle School in Mangyongdae District, Pyongyang.

“Our school’s Children’s Union forest covers nearly ten hectares. The trees which were planted decades ago have now grown to armful-thick ones to form a forest,” said Ra Tae Myong, chief instructor of the school Children’s Union committee.

The national tree of pine takes a large proportion in the forest and dozens of species of trees including thuja, pine-nut tree and Aronia melanocarpa grow there in a balanced manner.

The school has a tree nursery for the forest.

When saplings grown there are “moved” into the forest, seniors help juniors plant trees and some parents make time to help their children.

“I’m proud of my son, who seemed to have been pampered, when he takes an active part in tree planting. Seeing him running to the forest in early morning, I come to know that his mind is also growing along with the trees,” said Han Ryon Hui, mother of second-year student Kim Chol Song.

The school conducts the activity of love-the-home-village guards once a week to inform students of knowledge of tree planting and growing, prop up trees or prevent harmful insects.

Laudable deeds students perform while taking care of the forest are given wide publicity to so that many try to learn after them.

“Our teacher said that to plant and grow trees is also patriotism. He always teaches us that now we strive to look after the Children’s Union forest, and will work to do good things for the country in the future,” said Jang Yun Jong, a third-year student.

This year, over 2,000 trees took their roots in the forest.

Students broaden their knowledge of plants and spend a good time of rest while breathing fresh air in the forest associated with their efforts.

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