In the Republic of Korea regional Education Offices are responsible for education in their jurisdiction, not local governments. However, Ansan City has role to assist the regional Education Office and runs education support centres to help students learn.
There are 34,655 elementary school students in Ansan, and 3,342 of them (9.6%) are non-nationals. There are 54 elementary schools, and situations vary by area.
Ansan City has the largest number of non-nationals in the Republic of Korea. Given this characteristic, the Education Office has a multicultural superintendent, and schools with many students from intercultural backgrounds foster and hire bilingual teachers. These schools run Korean language classes for the multicultural parents and offer multilingual information. Ansan City, in cooperation with the schools, organises career seminars to make sure that students do not find themselves isolated in school.
Besides, the schools offer a range of courses on intercultural understanding. These courses are for multicultural families, students, teachers, and parents, and schools that show outstanding achievements in this regard are designated as intercultural schools and eligible for financial support. Other programmes designed to improve the environment for intercultural students’ learning and capacity building include multicultural classes, pre-school programmes, and research school programmes. To assist in solidifying language education for intercultural students, Ansan City pursues a range of projects including operating a mobile team to visit schools and serve students.