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Business School Alumna donates time to teach in Korea

26 Sep 2012

Business School alumna Sarah Lim (BEcSocSc '08, MCom Hons '09) has been recognised for her efforts in closing the "English Divide" for underprivileged students in South Korea.

Ms Lim was featured on the front page of the Korea Times, South Korea's oldest English-language daily newspaper, for donating her time and English skills to teach students every Saturday morning, from a church hall in Shindang-dong, Seoul.

The project, founded by Ms Lim, aims to help students to bridge the growing gap between students whose families can afford English language lessons, and those who cannot.

"I heard from the pastor that children here have few education opportunities because the region is one of the more impoverished areas of Seoul," Ms Lim to the Korea Times. "The issue about the widening disparity between the rich and the poor and the educated and the uneducated was behind our starting this."

A recent report from the Korea Development Institute shows that 70 percent of students whose parents earn more than 5 million won (AUD$4280) per month were receiving English tutoring, while less than 20 percent of those whose families earned less than 1 million won (AUD$855) per month were receiving lessons.

"I want to help my students gain confidence to achieve their goal," Ms Lim said. "I hope that more people in 'real need' can know about us and come to us to learn English as I am sure that there are many people who want to learn English but can't due to financial reasons."