평소에 국제이슈에 관심이 많던 친구들과 함께 유엔국제기구 커리어박람회를 돌아 더욱 뜻깊고 특별한 경험이 되었습니다.
지타워에서 다양한 활동에 참여하고 집으로 가는 길에 한 컷!
버스를 타고 집에 가는 길에 꿈에 대해 더 진지하게 생각해보는 계기가 되었습니다.
– Submitted by Bae Eun Joo
70주년을 맞이하여 우여곡절 끝에 참여하게된 UN day,
배울점도 많았고 새롭게 알게된 점도 많아서 많은 것을 얻어가는 기회가 되었습니다.
다시 전주로 돌아가기 전 친구들, 선생님과 함께 UN행사에서의 추억을….
– Submitted by So Hyun Moon
I must admit, I have in the past, had a very sour attitude towards the United Nations. As someone with a masters of international studies, it is easy to see the UN as something that intends well, but is a political theater that often fails to intervene in human security crises. Memories of Rwanda, Cambodia, and the slaughter at Srebrenica flash through my mind. After studying these genocides in graduate school and the UN’s ultimate failures to intervene and support victims, I have been rather pessimistic about the organization’s purpose.
However, I must admit that attending the UN day did help me see some light within an organization I have had complicated feelings towards. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Incheon with 34 Sungsim students. I was happy that my students had the opportunity to learn more about the work the United Nations does, and potential jobs with the organization.
It is important that students interact with organizations like the UN often. It is an organization that is supposed to represent all people on Earth, and youth must be part of that representation and opinion. Especially South Korean women.
Even if they do not want a job with the UN, I think becoming involved internationally is essential for personal growth and the betterment of South Korea. The students that attended UN were given the opportunity to learn how they could become better global citizens, and I hope they begin engaging through supporting UN efforts and following international news.
Watching my students interact at the UN Day gave me a glimmer of hope that perhaps, in the future, the UN can become the organization the world truly needs. One that does answer to the call of a human security crisis, and will prevent another genocide from occurring. It is easy to become pessimistic as one grows older. But, seeing my students filled with excitement and passion has provided a sliver of light that perhaps, there will be leaders that can make the differences this world needs. I am excited to see more events put on by the UN that engages youth and women here in South Korea, and will always be willing to bring students from Sungsim to them!
– Letter from Nikki Brueggeman, a teacher in Sungsim Girls’ High School