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Seoul Youth Factory for Alternative Culture (Haja Center)

Haja Center set out its journey with its five divisions – web, film, music, design, and civil workshop since 1999 with collaboration between Seoul Metropolitan Government and Yonsei University. Through multiple forms of apprenticeship between artisans/professionals in these fields, young people, and teenagers, Haja Center has sought to promote inter-generational relationship in creative ways, which ultimately drives them toward mutual development. Based on a wide range of cultural experiments and experiences, in 2001, Haja Center instituted a new type of alternative school, the Haja Production School. In addition, several incubation projects of Haja Center successfully evolved into “social enterprises” – in 2007, a musical performance and cultural education group, Noridan; in 2008, an organic and multicultural dining and catering service, Organization Yori. Haja Center has offered various programs on career training and education to teenagers, namely One-day Work Experience Project, Career Work, Career Haja, and C-Cube.

Since 2010, Haja Center took another experimental step toward sustainable society. In 2010, Haja Hub for intergenerational interactions and corporation beyond area was built; in 2013 Haja Production School broadened its programs by offering a post-high school course for young people (mostly in their 20s) focusing on ‘appropriate technology’ and junior/high school students. Haja Production School together with other schools at Haja Center, Roadschola (travelling school – Traveler’s Map), Young Chef (cooking school-Organization Yori), yooja Project (music School for zero gravity youth – Yooja Salon), Sopungganun Goyangi(picnic cat)(youth entrepreneurship program – Alchemist) form the network school of Haja Center.

 

Haja Network School and Haja Hub are taking the role of widely spreading useful skills and everyday-life technology in order to shape a self-supporting environment; woodwork, bike-repairing, and inventing appropriate technologies are the representative cases. Haja also seeks to cultivate alternative ecology of education focused on self-support, self-reliance, and sustainability by offering special work-experience programs, which helps the younger generation shape their own specific life-planning.

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