For several years now the Korea Foundation in Seoul, South Korea, has been supporting researchers at Freie Universität in passing on their knowledge about Korea to secondary school teachers and in holding free workshops for this purpose at secondary schools in Germany. This expertise is generally social sciences in the broadest sense, for example, the basics in history, politics, economics, and language. So far four of these workshops have taken place at Freie Universität, with a total of roughly 70 secondary school teachers from all over Germany participating. In this year's workshop the participants will examine the effects of the four previous ones. To date, some thirty teachers have signed up. A regular workshop is being planned again for 2016.
"As a rule, Korea hardly plays a role at German schools," said Dr. Holmer Brochlos, who organizes the workshops at the Institute for Korean Studies at Freie Universität. Each federal state has its own approach, but usually the country is discussed in geography class as an economic power of East Asia or in connection with the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, which led to the partition of the country. "Few people in Germany, however, know much of anything about South Korea," said Professor Eun-Jeung Lee, who heads this project at the Institute for Korean Studies. North Korea and the regime in Pyongyang are portrayed much more often in German media.
A book was prepared at the Institute for Korean Studies to accompany the workshops. Entitled Hanguksa (Korean History), parts of the book are available online in a free e-learning program.