Since 2000 there has been a consensus among citizens to improve the educational environment of Seogwipo City.
There is growing demand for the support of educational programs through public education as an increasing number of families struggle to afford private education, and a reduction in population due to a relatively poor educational environment in comparison with other cities. Therefore, the consensus on the necessity of the 'High-Quality Educational City Promotional Project' has been extended through discussion including citizens' debates and workshops on educational development.
In 2010 the establishment of a public-private organization and the procurement of an educational development fund commenced.
A sense of crisis in education policy increases the necessity of public-private cooperation and spurred the achievement of a concrete result, namely the 'Seogwipo City Educational Development Forum.' In addition, in order to normalize public education and support specialized educational programs for creativity, financial backing is required. This was the basis for fund raising for the 'Seogwipo City Educational Development Fund,' and an engine of educational policy was secured.
In 2011 the 'High-Quality Educational City Promotional Project' improved the educational environment.
A user-centric educational program was developed with the target of parents and students. The support of 96 courses for specialized after school programs improved the quality of public education. Also, 10 local high schools were selected for nurturing as Seogwipo-style prestigious high schools for the enhancement of self-directed academic study and improvement of academic performance of students. In particular, customized education in each school including an essay and discussion academy, college entrance counseling fair, and job seeking training were helpful for college entrance end job seeking prospects.
In 2012, lifelong educational programs targeting various social groups were extended.
A college course for those in those in farming, fishing and livestock industries has operated following agreement with the Seogwipo City branch of Nonghyup, the Seogwipo branch of the National Federation of Fisheries, and the Seogwipo City branch of the Korea Federation of Livestock Cooperatives under circumstances in which there is no systematic education for workers in these industries. Nineteen lectures were provided to acquire professional management expertise for those in agricultural, livestock and fishing industries, and a total of 128 people completed the course to become competitive in these fields of primary industry. Also, employment opportunities were provided with 20 lectures by a business start-up academy for youth to assist job creation among young people and 15,000 people participated in the Jeju Jinlo job fair.