Education Project for Multi-cultural Families in South Korea
Organized by: Rayun Kim
Despite the rapidly growing number of immigrants and multi-cultural families in South Korea, this population is not well-accommodated in the country. Because South Korea has long been a racially homogeneous nation for the past decades, not much policies nor awareness for the immigrant population are developed. Though the country is known for high education level and low literacy rate, such statistics do not represent the immigrant population. Among many difficulties they suffer - discrimination at work, economic difficulties, education services, medical care - 44.6% of the immigrant population selected language barrier as the biggest hardship that challenges them in every aspect of their lives. Due to the lack of awareness for the students from the multicultural family in South Korea, not much subsidy nor facilities is allocated to support their language education. In an effort to improve the language education environment of the immigrant population, our team developed a mobile application that helps the user to learn Korean words through playing games and visual illustrations. The mobile application is specifically targeted for foreign/immigrant users who are in the process of learning Korean language. The mobile game is free and any profit generated from the mobile game will be donated to the support center for multicultural family. Our game is at the final stage of development, the design of UI/UX and the algorithm parts are completed; however, considerable part of the ios application is yet finished. The game also needs a reliable server space, as the application gains users. Our team contacted multiple of mobile application development companies and received a quota amounting to $14,000 for the full mobile application development, data security, and server space. As we are a team of college student developers, this price is beyond what our budget can cover. Please help us to continue developing language education service for the most underrepresented population in South Korea. Here are some specific features of the application: - The application will support multiple languages – Vietnamese, Chinese - The application includes illustrations that convey the definition of words - “Word of the Week” suggests users list of new words each week - The Korean word database is based on the most trusted Dong-A dictionary company.