A multicultural center to be run according to a new method of private sector participation, in which the Seoul Metropolitan Government provides the building while the private sector provides the funds for its operation, will open at the Seoul Medical Center property in Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, in September.
In order to overcome the practice of government-led assistance programs for multicultural families, and to induce a change in the public perception of multicultural policy through engagement by the private sector of multicultural families, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will open the Seoul Haevichi Multicultural Family Education Center, the nation’s first multicultural center to be jointly operated by the private and public sectors.
In a related move, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, Chairman Lee Hui-beom of the Haevichi Social Contribution Culture Foundation, and Reverend Boseon of the Center for Multi-cultural Korea signed a memorandum of understanding at Seoul City Hall Annex at 10:30 am on June 8.
Under the MOU, the City Government will provide a portion of the Seoul Medical Center building in Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, and the foundation is set to donate 500 million won to equip the facility, plus 1.2 billion won in annual operating expenses, while the center will take charge of developing the education program and operational work.
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon said, “Proactive social contribution activities by the private sector can give a big boost to government-led social welfare programs,” adding, “I hope that this project will prompt more private companies and private sector organizations to pay attention to the need to assist multicultural families, and thereby help multicultural families to adapt more easily to our society and participate in it as full members.”