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Tuned In and Turned On - The Korea Educational Broadcasting System Story

The Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) in the Republic of Korea has evolved into a largely self-funded operation with numerous TV channels, websites, and learning applications for mobile devices. Photo credit: EBS.
The Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) in the Republic of Korea has evolved into a largely self-funded operation with numerous TV channels, websites, and learning applications for mobile devices. Photo credit: EBS.

The Korea Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) has helped reduce inequality and costs in education in the Republic of Korea over the past 40 years.

Introduction

The Korea Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) was begun in 1974 as a radio station supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea with the goal of reaching out to remote areas with few teachers.

Over 4 decades later it is an autonomous and mostly self-funded operation with numerous TV channels, websites, and learning applications for mobile devices.

Data shows that the EBS has had a positive effect on reducing regional education gaps and lowering private education spending. A number of developing countries have entered into sharing agreements with the company to emulate its model.


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Meet the expert

  • Yi Seoung Hoon   
    Director of Policy Planning Division, Korea Educational Broadcasting System (EBS)

    Yi Seoung Hoon holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in anthropology from Seoul National University. He joined EBS in 1994 as a producer. Yi produced various television programs, including "Cinema Heaven" in 1995. He is now the director of the Policy Planning Division.

   Republic of Korea, Education, Information and communication technology
   Last updated: December 2016

 




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