Multicultural Family Support Centers in Korea

Migrant and multicultural children and their families can access a wide range of support services from Multicultural Family Support Centers run by the Korean Institute for Healthy Family under the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. MFSCs are organizations that help multicultural families adjust to life in Korea (Danuri, 2015a) through different educational activities and programs.

These centers “provide family education, counseling and cultural services for multicultural families, to support the adaptation of immigrant women to Korean society in their initial stages of settling, and to help multicultural families lead stable family lives” (Danuri, 2015b).

Programs include Korean language lessons and computer skills training, both of which can help migrants integrate better into Korean society. Many of these centers’ programs also apply to children and young people of migrant and multicultural backgrounds. As of 2016, there are already a total of 217 MFSCs in the Korea, established across different metropolitan areas and provinces (Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, n.d.).

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MFSC programs listed in the 2015 Guidebook for Living in Korea by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family

Below are some links to news items about MFSCs and their role in helping migrants and multicultural families adjust to life in Korea, including helping migrant mothers learn Korean language and culture.

 

References

Arirang News. (2016). “Multicultural families experience Chuseok customs” (video), Youtube.com, 15 September. Accessed 6 January 2017.

Danuri. (2015a). “Multicultural Information, Danuri Main Services.” Danuri (online support portal) official website. Accessed 4 January 2017.

__________. (2015b). “Multicultural Family Support Center – Information on Business.” Danuri (online support portal) official website. Accessed 6 January 2017.

Kim Young-won. (2013, 8 June). “Support centers help migrants adapt, integrate,” The Korea Herald.

Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. (n.d.) “Support for Multicultural Family.” Ministry of Gender Equality and Family official website. Accessed 6 January 2017.

__________. (2015). Guidebook for Living in Korea: Guidance for Foreigners and Multicultural Families in Korea. 길잡이미디어. Accessed 4 January 2017.

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Against Borders for Children Conference (14 January 2017)

Date and Time
Sat 14 January 2017
12:30 – 17:00 GMT

Location
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London
WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

Description
Parents, teachers, everyone: join the Against Borders for Children campaign in the New Year for our first ever conference!

Discussions

We’ll be holding panel discussions and workshops on the following themes:

  • The ABC campaign in context: the school census in a ‘hostile environment’. Real lives, young voices, and universal human rights.
  • What we stand for: Hope beyond the headlines. Changing the narrative about migration and human rights in the classroom, in society, and in politics. What can we do?
  • Where will your census data go on January 19th? What’s gone wrong for children’s privacy, what better data collection would look like, and what you can do about it
  • Upcoming actions and setting up a local group

Organisations and initiatives speaking so far include:National Union of Teachers, Sin Fronteras, Jawaab, Let Us Learn, Liberty, Freed Voices, English PEN, National Union of Students, Latin American Women’s Rights Service,defenddigitalme, Southall Black Sisters, and Write to LIfe – Freedom from Torture. More to be confirmed.

Logistics

  • Registration will begin at 12:30pm for a 1pm start
  • Children are welcome
  • The venue is on the 1st floor and wheelchair accessible (lifts immediately on entrance)
  • If you have any access requirements please get in touch at hello@schoolsabc.net

Full agenda and speakers to follow. 

Source: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/against-borders-for-children-conference-tickets-30216359946