Recently, Kim Yo Jong, sister to Kim Jong Un, reportedly ordered changes to what the country calls its “Greatness Education” curriculum that’s taught at preschools nationwide.
Using “Greatness Education,” North Korea aims to instill loyalty and trust in its country’s leadership. According to a source in North Hamgyong Province earlier, preschoolers aged five and six used to spend only 30 minutes a day learning about the childhoods of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
Now, in the updated curriculum, each day children will spend a total of 90 minutes on “Greatness Education.” One hour each day is devoted to learning about the childhoods of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, followed by another 30 minutes in which children learn “revolutionary” music from the leaders’ childhoods.
“What is being taught in Greatness Education has changed somewhat,” the source said. “The amount of time spent on the Supreme Leader [Kim Jong Un]’s childhood is now twice that spent on the Suryong [Kim Il Sung] and the General [Kim Jong Il]’s childhoods.”
According to the source, the updated curriculum tells preschoolers that when Kim Jong Un was just five years old, he was a bright child who “rode a yacht, did target practice, and liked to read.”
Timothy Cho, a refugee living in Europe, remembers growing up in North Korea and the “brainwashing” he and all young children went through. “Even in nursery school, we had to bow to the pictures of the first leaders of North Korea, Kim Il-Sung and his son, Kim Jong-Il,” he says.
As a child, he heard stories of Kim II-Sung having magic powers. “I learned that Kim Il-Sung was able to catch a double rainbow with one hand because of his “majestic powers.”
Everything in North Korea revolves around the Kim family, Timothy shares. “North Korean children are brainwashed so that they will honor the leader of their day. In preschool, the teachers prayed to the leaders at lunchtime. We had to give thanks to the dictators for our “daily bread,” Now, I realize they stole this from the Lord’s Prayer. There’s even a (Santa Claus-inspired) story of Kim Il-Sung bringing gifts if you follow him.”