Tuesday 24 April 2018

​'Child prodigy' Kim Jong-un could drive at three and win yacht races at nine, North Korean schoolchildren taught

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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North Korean's school curriculum now includes teaching pupils that Kim Jong-un was a child prodigy.

Schoolchildren are now learning that the dictator was able to drive a car by the age of three and was winning yachting races before he was 10.

Teachers at middle and high schools have been provided with a manual to accompany a new subject, Kim Jong-un's Revolutionary Activities.

"At the age of 9, Kim Jong-un raced the chief executive of a foreign yacht company who was visiting North Korea at the time", the books claim.

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By going to such extremes to embed his superiority in the minds of the country's youth, it shows that Mr Kim is fearful of lack of support, according to Professor Toshimitsu Shigemura.

"This tells us that his rule is not yet stable",  Tokyo's Waseda University's Prof Shigemura told The Telegraph. 

"A North Korean leader needs to have success and results, and so far he hasn't been very successful."

"Not many people in the North have respect for Mr Kim, so children are being taught how great and powerful he is", he added. "The children believe it, of course, but the teachers have no choice but to believe it".

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