Jong Ki Kim

Ashoka Fellow
Seoul, South Korea
Fellow Since 2013

Citation

This profile was prepared when Jong Ki Kim was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Jongki led Korea’s first organized effort to recognize school violence and define it as a systemic social problem which concerns many stakeholders, including students, families, and schools. When Jongki founded the Foundation for Preventing Youth Violence (FPYV) in 1995, school violence in Korea was seen as merely unfortunate and isolated incidents among troubled students. To build a chain of intervention, he first worked to generate society-wide visibility for the issue by drafting the Special Act on Prevention and Handling of School Violence and engaging the public to support its passage. Passed in 2004 by the National Assembly, the law put strong pressure on government authorities and schools to take systemic actions.

Jongki went on to create concrete opportunities and incentives for key stakeholders to get involved in addressing school violence. He believes that lasting change will only be possible when solving school violence becomes a societal priority in which everyone has their respective role, instead of ceding responsibilities to experts. Jongki has engaged various groups including teachers, police officers, attorneys, counselors, and corporations in every step of the intervention system.

Having defined and created the entire field of school violence policy in Korea, ranging from prevention and detection to intervention, Jongki continues to innovate on the intervention chain and has begun to grow his impact internationally. Recently, he created a reconciliation program to encourage constructive and empathetic communication between the victim, the perpetrator, and both families. Additionally, Jongki has built a post-violence care program to prevent the often overlooked long-term effects on the victim.
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