One day in February, Choe Ro Yong, a worker of the Hanggu District Food Administration Station in Nampho City, heard the news that young people in the city volunteered to work in the countryside.
Excited by the news, he returned home and said to his brothers: What should we young people do in the current onward march towards a new victory of socialism? I propose that we volunteer for the countryside.
His suggestion tugged at their heartstrings. Frankly, they had already performed labour exploits at the construction site of the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station and the renovation of Samjiyon City after graduation from middle schools and returned home just a few months ago.
Among them were a brother who cherished a hope of studying at a university and the other who wanted to become a famous innovator at his factory.
But they were resolved to work in the countryside in order to live up to the benefits of the socialist system, which had brought them, orphaned children, into full-fledged youth, with increased production of grains.
Later, they volunteered for the countryside together with over 140 young people in the city.
And hundreds of young people in South Hwanghae Province volunteered for cooperative farms with an ambition to contribute to agricultural production in the province and for coal and ore mines. They were followed by others in North Phyongan, North Hwanghae, Kangwon and Ryanggang provinces who volunteered for major factories, enterprises and farms in their provinces.
After the 10th congress of the youth league held late in April, the number of volunteers began to increase. Over 1 000 young people in South Phyongan Province and other parts of the country volunteered for the main sectors of socialist construction.
Most recently, graduates from Kim Il Sung University, Kim Chaek University of Technology, Kim Chol Ju University of Education, Pyongyang Teachers Training College and others volunteered for the Kim Chaek and Hwanghae iron and steel complexes, the Sunchon Phosphatic Fertilizer Factory and other major fields of the national economy, and for branch schools on the frontline and far-flung islands and schools in the rural areas.
Choe Kum Chol, a deputy department director of the Central Committee of the Socialist Patriotic Youth League, said: Our young people voluntarily choose the road not in pursuit of any personal fame or reward. Theirs is the road of patriotism following the Workers’ Party of Korea that brought them up and gave prominence to them.
Today, young Koreans are giving fullest play to their resourcefulness and courage at workplaces, holding high the slogan “Let us demonstrate the mettle of patriotic youth in the worthwhile struggle for socialist construction!”