'Let's Go Together' event to boost Korean language education and tourism in Luxor

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 May 2023

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) recently held a three-day event in Luxor, Egypt, to promote Korean language education and support the tourism sector.



Titled "Korea-Egypt, Let's Go Together,"  (Yalla Maabaad) the event brought together 30 Egyptian students from various schools to practice their Korean language skills through tour guiding activities at popular tourist sites such as Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple.

Led by three Korean language volunteers in KOICA, the event aims to provide local students with more opportunities to learn the Korean language and encourage career development in the tourism industry.

The event was held in cooperation with the High Institute for Tourism and Hotels Luxor (EGOTH), the Ministry of Defense Language Institute (MODLI), and Aswan University.

Students from Cairo and Aswan travelled and gathered in Luxor for three days to display presentations and peer reviews to examine their competence in Korean language skills, with the supervision of a professional tour guide who speaks Korean, roaming around Luxor's tourist attractions including Luxor temple, Karnak temple and Hatshepsut temple.

The KOICA Egypt office's country director, Ms Jinyoung Kim, emphasised the importance of providing local students who have relatively limited access to Korean language education with more opportunities to learn Korean and expressed her expectation for more students to receive systematic education based on the event's results and outcome.

She added that she expects the development of a practical education module at an institutional level and stressed that KOICA will provide full support and any collaboration with institutions.

The KOICA Egypt office plans to continue promoting Korean language education and cultural exchanges through various cooperative activities in the future.

As a Korean government agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KOICA is dedicated to implementing grant aid programmes that combat poverty and support sustainable socio-economic growth in developing countries around the globe.

The KOICA Egypt office provides vocational training education for youths in Egypt, supports the digitalisation of government services and systems, and carries out programmes to strengthen women’s empowerment and support the vulnerable members of society.

Currently, the KOICA has dispatched 10 volunteers working as Korean language teachers in Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, with more volunteers expected to be dispatched to various fields to support Egyptian youths and contribute to the country's development and prosperity.

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