Design School

The Design College for students with disabilities is located in PyongYang, the heart of North Korea. This is not only be the first college of it kind, but also the first school for people with disabilities in DPRK’s capital.

The college began in May 2016 and it welcome young people, aged 18 and above, to immerse themselves in learning: fashion design, product graphic design or media graphic design. And though we have exciting plans, it is just the beginning and we need your help to make the college “the best years”

In 2015, a small group of young, nervous people arrived in the UK with their dedicated teachers. During their stay, their audiences were astonished by their abilities. When they left, all were proud: teachers of their students, friends for each other and, most important of all, young people for what they themselves had achieved. When they returned, they were not just children who were disabled; they were gifted individuals who had showcased breathtaking talents, leading the way forward for their peers.

The ripple effect has begun, and attitudes towards disability has begun to change. We need to now encourage this, and promote health for the generations to come. We, the KFPD and DULA International, believe that the Design College is a vital step towards development, and hope you will take part in the journey.

Disability School Support

In all, there are 11 schools for disabled children in North Korea: 8 for the Deaf, and 3 for the Blind. There are around 1500 pupils in total, all between the ages of 8 and 19. Pupils live within the school grounds, where they are cared for by their teachers. In addition to the education facilities, there are agriculture areas, where pupils and teachers grow their own crops.

DULA’s aims for the schools are:

• To support education and a progressive learning environment by providing basic materials for learning and specialist equipment (e.g. Braille printers).
• Support and improve the children’s nutrition and wellbeing through our Greenhouses Project.
• Encourage extra-curricular activities so that pupils have the opportunity to develop skills in art, music, sports, and so on.
• Physical, emotional and social support to prepare children for their future, becoming part of a bigger society.