(1) Feasibility Study on Haiti Model School Project
EWB and the Sae-A Trading Company dispatched a research group to Haiti in September 2011 for a pre-feasibility study of the model primary school project. The purpose of the research group was to put forward the ideas for the future direction of the education reconstruction project which could contribute to stabilization, peace, and prosperity of Haiti.
The research group consisted of experts in the area of education and school construction, and conducted the feasibility study twice, first from the 7th to the 10th of September and the second from the 25th of September to the 3rd of October. The EWB hopes that the results of the feasibility study will serve as a steppingstone to share the development experience of Korea with Haiti and ultimately contribute to successful Haitian reconstruction.
(2) Feasibility Study on Education for Poverty Reduction in Indonesia (2011)
The Il-Ga Foundation and EWB collaborated in a feasibility study on education for poverty reduction project in Sukabum, Indonesia. The Il-Ga Foundation, which works in the area of poverty reduction, has been working hand in hand with EWB since 2010. The feasibility study was conducted for 4 days from the 30th of July to the 2nd of August, 2011. The study was conducted by the members of Governing Board of the Il-Ga Foundation, Mr. Myung-Do OH and Dr. Jung-Hye ROE, the Principle of Ghanaan Farmers' School, Mr. Hwan-Hyung JUNG, and EWB Co-CEO Dr. Ki-Seok KIM, Cooperation Project Team Leader, Ms. Ji-Yeon KIM and Project facilitator, Ms. Hye-Seung CHO.
The purpose of the feasibility study was to investigate the problems of Chihalampu Primary School and Cisolok Middle School in Sukabum. The research team looked into the infrastructure, environment, and general school systems operated in the region. The results of the interviews with principals, local teachers, students and, in particular, their parents, revealed two things. Firstly, the students are in real need of the opportunities offered by education, and secondly, they have a strong motivation to learn. This feasibility study improved our understanding of the local educational situation. The results will be applied to local schools, which will be a crucial stepping stone for our ongoing poverty reduction project in Indonesia. In terms of the main objectives of EWB, that is, eliminating world poverty through education, this feasibility has served as a foundation for our continuing cooperation in Indonesia.
(3) A Study of African Higher Education for Korean ODA, focusing on Uganda and Rwanda
EWB members, Bong-gun CHUNG and Eun Jung CHANG visited Uganda and Rwanda from 27 June to 8 July, 2011 in order to conduct a pre-feasibility study to share their expertise of Korean ODA in the field of higher education. This visit was supported by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The research team visited MUNI University taskforce team in Arua, Uganda and the National University of Rwanda (NUR) in Butare, Rwanda to lead strategic workshop conducted to apprehend the local circumstances and needs while providing consultancy with Korean expertise.