The real highlight of my DPRK trip was the chance to visit the Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School for gifted children. The school is named after the mother of Kim Jong Il. The school in Pyongsong is about a 100km away from Pyongyang and is the University Town of DPRK.
Tourists are given the chance to “speak” to the students – to tell them about their world or travel – anything enlightening – which helps the students “practice English” as well. Not a bad idea that. Except when my guide asked me take stage, I had to find an excuse to stay away. I agree that my tourist card stated “school teacher” as my profession, but truth be told, I couldn’t pass off as one – even if my life depended on it!
We did a round of the school and the gardens dotted with “educative” statues and messages. The school was surprisingly well kept and students well behaved –