Gov't unveils blueprint for reviving humanities

SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) -- The government plans to improve humanities education, cultivate its studies and boost the roles of public libraries and museums nationwide in an effort to improve the quality of society, officials said Wednesday.

Under the blueprint for the promotion of humanities mapped out by the ministries of culture and education, the government will intensify humanities education for students attending primary and secondary schools to help them become better people.

All college students will be mandated to take a certain number of humanities classes while small-size humanities labs in colleges will get government subsidies

The government will also raise the number of cultural programs available in public libraries, museums and galleries across the country, while increasing the roles of public libraries and museums so they can serve as hubs of the people's cultural life.

The plan was briefed during a meeting of the Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment presided over by President Park Geun-hye.

Also briefed during the meeting was a report from a sub-panel under the presidential advisory committee that was charged with examining ways to promote humanities studies.

In the report, the 15-member committee composed of humanities experts and deputy education and culture ministers recommended legislating a law on the promotion of humanities and introducing a special humanities education course at elementary, middle and high schools.

The report, in particular, proposed the establishment of a national humanities promotion agency modeled after the National Endowment For The Humanities (NEH) of the United States.

Founded in 1965, the NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the U.S. government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

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