SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- The founder and the incumbent chief of the United States charter schools who takes cues from the Korean education system for school management plans to attend the inauguration ceremony of South Korea's President-elect Park Geun-hye, Seoul's education ministry said Wednesday.
Seth Andrew, founder and Superintendent of Democracy Prep Public Schools (DPPS) in the U.S., will visit South Korea next week and to attend Park's Feb. 25 swearing-in ceremony, according to the ministry.
Inspired by the Korean education system after having taught English in the Asian country for one year in 2001, Andrew established the DPPS network in Harlem in 2006 and currently operates seven schools in New York.
The schools have been in the spotlight for their outstanding academic performance, with parents having enthusiastically enrolled their children in the charter schools, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg hailing their success, according to local media.
Along with the plan to attend the ceremony, he will meet with experts in Seoul to explore ways to strengthen multicultural education and to narrow the gap in the education level of students from poor and rich families, the ministry said.
Last year, he visited Seoul with some 40 faculty members and students for a two-week trip so they could have the opportunity to experience the Korean language and culture first-hand, part of their school curriculum.