Out of Love for Rising Generation and Future
Kim Il Sung¡¯s Outlook on Happiness
In his reminiscences With the Century President Kim Il Sung wrote:
¡°If anyone asks me when I am most happy and joyful, I will respond: ¡®¡¦it gives me particular pleasure or happiness to be among the people, discover amongst them excellent people who can set an example for the whole country and debate state affairs, their living and our future.¡±
It also gives me great happiness to be among the children, we call the flower buds of the country.¡±
¡°I can say that this is my lifelong view of happiness.¡±
One day early in December 1969, at the 20th Enlarged Plenary Meeting of the fourth Central Committee of the Workers¡¯ Party of Korea (WPK) held in the presence of the President the headmaster of the then Pyongyang Raengchon Middle School talked about how his school had given education to students so that they would become able pillars who would make contributions to the socialist construction and defense up-building, on the socialist education principle. It was an incoherent talk, but the President attentively listened, sometimes asking questions, writing down in his notebook what he replied, and kindheartedly leading him to tell about whatever he had on his mind. Very glad to hear that his school had its students regularly go running and climbing Munsu Hill, taking it account that their country is mountainous, the President highly appreciated his words before saying joyfully that since their country mountainous, the students should be trained for mountaineering, that is, conquering mountains. Adding that he had given an instruction to build a camp for students of Pyongyang in Mt. Myohyang, the President said that the speaker¡¯s school¡¯s students would also go to the mountain to get training for mountain-climbing while enjoying camping for 10 or 15 days. And he stressed that the camp for the students of the city should be built as soon as possible as decided by the Political Committee of the WPK Central Committee so as to enable the students to go camping there. Then the President gave the officials concerned the task of pushing ahead with the project in a responsible manner.
When the headmaster suggested a swimming pool, the President generously accepted his idea and told officials to take measures to build three or four swimming pools for students of Pyongyang on the Taedong riverside as the headmaster proposed. The President went on to say that when schools were to be built in the city the projects must include the construction of swimming pools for the schools, and that since the country is surrounded by the sea on three sides and is rich in rivers and streams, children should be taught to swim from their primary schools days so as to be able to conquer the sea in future.
At the meeting the President intensified the discussion on education with the emphasis on ideas he had harbored, confirming the validity of the ideas once again. Next day he concluded the meeting with his speech entitled Some Questions on Communist Education of Youth and Children.
Bridge for Children
In Chogyo-ri, Unchon County, at the foot of Mt. Kuwol there is a hamlet called Kusokmol. Usually such a mountain village has a small stone or wooden bridge. But a strong, wide concrete bridge spans the Sujong Stream in the village. The bridge is as beautiful as a rainbow, and the villagers named it Bridge of Love. This bridge is associated with the following story.
One morning in late December 1973 when the snow was falling in large flakes, children of the village were going to school as usual. When they reached the aforesaid stream after crossing the Jinju Pass, they saw some cars coming which were rarely seen in the mountain area. They soon crossed the stream by the steppingstones and stepped aside from the road. The cars ran up to them before they knew. The great leader Kim Jong Il got out of a car and asked the children where they were going casting an affectionate glance at them. Hearing that they were going to school, Kim Jong Il continued to ask which school they were attending and what grade they were in. They replied that they were third-grade of the primary course of the then Chogyo Senior Middle School.
Now the leader asked, ¡°So you have to cross the stepping-stones to go to school every day, don¡¯t you?¡± They answered yes. He fell into a thought for a while. Then, looking at them with anxiety, he asked them how they crossed the stream when it rose in summer. Their parents and seniors carried them on their backs across the stream, they replied.
¡°On their backs?¡± he wondered. For a good while, he looked at the pass they crossed and the stream running in twists and loops.
Later that day the leader said that it must be quite inconvenient for the little children to cross the stream by the stepping stones to go to school, and he proposed building a bridge for them. One of the officials accompanying him told him that there were only 11 children who crossed the stream to go to school. The leader insisted that they should build a bridge there even for one or two children.
¡°How could we take into account children, treasure of our country, only by number? Let¡¯s take an immediate measure to build a wide and nice bridge for the children,¡± he said.
This is how the bridge was built across the stream for the 11 children.
The bridge made it possible for the children to go to school, singing songs of joy and happiness, without being affected by the rushing water from the 99 curves of Mt. Kuwol in the rainy season and the snowdrift formed overnight on the stream by the West Sea wind in winter notorious for its violence.
Supreme Leader¡¯s Pleasure
One December day in 2014 Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un visited the Pyongyang Kim Jong Suk Textile Mill. Pledging to make sure for the Party to take the responsibility for the supply of school uniforms, footwear, school things and bags to children, he instructed the factory managers to newly establish a modern satchel canvas production process.
Later he was very glad to see varieties of schoolbags made of the canvas manufactured by the mill. Like a mother who is concerned about her children¡¯s schoolbag, he, on many occasions, gave meticulous instructions relating to such matters as diversification of styles of schoolbags, stuffing of the shoulder strap with more sponge layers lest the users should feel pain on the shoulders, and obtaining of minor materials for making bags.
In January last the Supreme Leader visited the newly built Pyongyang Bag Factory as his first field guidance this year. The factory was producing varieties of quality bags at that time. Looking round workshops with joy, the Supreme Leader praised the factory for making nice bags of various styles and colors to suit the tastes, likings and aesthetic senses of preschool children and schoolchildren using domestically produced canvas and minor materials. He went on to say with pleasure that though it was not long after its construction the bag factory had already produced a large number of bags. He was quite happy that they were now able to provide children and other people with bags produced by themselves at their own factory with their country¡¯s own raw and other materials. He said full of joy that he would remember that day when he felt as if he were in a wonderland.