Pyongyang, March 16 (KCNA) -- It is 100 years since President Kim Il Sung made his 250-mile journey for learning. The journey made by Kim Il Sung in his teens was a patriotic and lofty journey for national liberation during which he had a better understanding of the miserable homeland and nurtured his far-reaching will to defeat the Japanese imperialists with the efforts of the Korean people and achieve the independence of the country. It is also a revolutionary journey to prepare the rising generation to be successors to the Juche cause. Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in the DPRK have participated in an expedition of the 250-mile journey for learning for nearly 50 years since the start of the expedition. Chairman Kim Jong Il pioneered the study tour of the 250-mile journey for learning to implant in depth the immortal revolutionary exploits of the President in the minds of the rising generation. A decision on organizing the study tour was adopted at a meeting of the Political Committee of the WPK Central Committee in October Juche 62 (1973), and in March of the next year, the first study tour was made by a group of more than 5,000 exemplary schoolchildren from across the country. An average of 10,000 pupils and students from across the country have joined the study tour every year ever since. Kim Jong Il saw to it that the study tour was regularly conducted to prepare the schoolchildren to be strong ideologically, mentally and physically, and sent gifts of love and congratulatory messages to the participants in the study tour. The respected fatherly Marshal Kim Jong Un made sure that the study tour was organized on a large scale on the 90th anniversary of the 250-mile journey for learning made by President Kim Il Sung. The ranks of successors have endlessly visited the revolutionary battle sites and revolutionary sites in the area of Mt Paektu, following the horseback march by the peerlessly great man, while taking an active part in the expedition of the 250-mile journey for learning. Through the course, the schoolchildren of the DPRK are preparing themselves to be young revolutionaries, cherishing the soul and spirit of Mt Paektu.