Korean Children's Union
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The Korean Children's Union (KCU, Young Pioneer Corps, Korean: 조선소년단; Hanja: 朝鮮少年團, Chosŏn Sonyeondan) is the precursor to the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League of North Korea contributing to North Korean youth movement and pioneer movement. It is for children aged six to fifteen and is a political organisation linked to the Workers' Party of Korea. Its uniformed branch is known as the Young Pioneers (which also includes cadets from the Red Flag Mangyongdae Revolutionary School), which admits children and pre-teens ages nine to 15. The organization operates chapters in elementary and secondary schools nationwide. It teaches children about the Juche Idea, and the ideologies behind the North Korean system. Youth above age 15 may join the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League.
|Korean Children's Union|
Emblem of Korean Children's Union, with motto "Always ready!" (항상 준비!)
|Founded||6 June 1946|
|Headquarters||Pyongyang, North Korea|
|Mother party||Workers' Party of Korea|
New children usually are formally welcomed on an important public holiday such as the Day of the Sun, the Military Foundation Day, or the Day of the Foundation of the Republic. It is considered an important occasion in a child's life. On such days, kindergarten-grade children are officially admitted and red neckerchiefs and pins handed out. Third graders from primary schools are usually welcomed to the YPC-KCU on investiture ceremonies on these days.
- Kim Jong-un (2017). Let KCU Members Become the True Sons and Daughters, Young Revolutionaries, of the Socialist Country (PDF). Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House.
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