The Third Plenary Meeting of the Eighth Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea held in June this year discussed as its major agenda item the issue of establishing it as a Party’s policy to supply all the children across the country with nutritional foods, including dairy products, at the expense of the state.
There are many countries in the world. However, there is none like the DPRK in which the ruling Party and the state bear responsibility for the nutritional care of children.
The precious tradition of the WPK’s policy for bringing up children had been created during the period of the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle.
Regarding it as the eternal revolutionary spirit of Korea to strive for the future, President Kim Il Sung, once seeing members of the Children’s Corps in a guerrilla zone who had been suffering from cold and hunger in the days of the hard-fought anti-Japanese armed struggle, said: Comrades, by loving the children we immediately mean that we love the future; thanks to the efforts of these children, our country will be built into a garden, where the flowers are in full bloom; let us take better care of the younger generations and train them for the bright future of our country and humanity.
Later, he recalled in his reminiscences With the Century:
“All the best things for the children!”–this has become an immutable principle of our life nowadays; even in those difficult days when we were fighting in a foreign land we would give the children everything we could, according to this principle. In order to obtain food, clothes and other things we needed for them, we would not hesitate to take the army into battle.”
In December 1945, the year when Korea was liberated from the military occupation of the Japanese imperialists, Kim Il Sung, busy as he was dealing with his affairs, gave instructions on building nurseries and kindergartens as quickly as possible, and named a nursery, the first of its kind in the country.
His wise leadership made it possible to establish a well-regulated nationwide system for ensuring the protection of the health of triplets and other multiplets and bringing up orphans, and further intensify and develop the policy for raising all the children across the country at state and public expenses.
The Law of the DPRK on the Nursing and Upbringing of Children was adopted in April 1976.
An article of the law stipulates that the state and social cooperative organizations shall take full responsibility for providing everything needed for the nursing and upbringing of children according to the principle “All the best things for the children!”
During the days of the Arduous March and forced march in the 1990s when the country was in a very difficult situation, Chairman Kim Jong Il ensured that raw materials for producing the foodstuffs exclusive for children were supplied without letup for their uninterrupted production.
The Korean people always remember the benevolent image of the Chairman, who, when visiting the Pyongyang Children’s Foodstuff Factory, praised its workers and technicians for the achievements in their work, saying that they had fulfilled his wish.
In December 2014, the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un visited the factory. Noting that the Workers’ Party of Korea was paying special attention to the factory and all the mothers across the country, too, were closely concerned with its production, he said that it should produce in large quantities soya milk and other delicious foods with high nutritional value for the children.
There is no more important revolutionary undertaking than the work of bringing up children, the future of the country, to be strong and sound and it is the most important policy and supreme cherished desire of the Party and the state to provide more improved conditions of raising them even at the cost of a huge sum of money–this is the view of General Secretary Kim Jong Un of the WPK.
Thanks to his concern, enormous strides are being made in the efforts to implement to the letter the childcare policy of the WPK.
Jo Hyon Guk, official of the Pyongyang Municipal People’s Committee