China to Improve Scientific Literacy Among Whole Family

March 16, 2016
Editor: Arnold Hou
China to Improve Scientific Literacy Among Whole Family
China will build more adult learning centers for parents, and popular science institutions for youngsters, to improve scientific literacy, especially among mothers, according to a newly-released action plan. [etchina.com.cn]

 

China will build more adult learning centers for parents, and popular science institutions for youngsters, to improve scientific literacy, especially among mothers, according to a newly-released action plan.

The institutions will launch parent-child activities, and set up platforms for encouraging interest in science and technology, to achieve the target.

The plan was released recently by China's cabinet, the State Council, to take effect during the country's 13th five-year-plan period (2016-2020).

The plan stresses the crucial role of scientific ability, saying it is the foundation of implementing the strategy of innovation-driven development and strengthening the country's industry and influence.

Efforts will be supported by the government and revolve around the theme of conserving energy and resources, protecting the ecological environment, safeguarding safety and health, and promoting innovation.

The measures will focus on scientific education and the spread of scientific knowledge. They mention the urgency of building a comprehensive infrastructure and evaluation system on public scientific literacy.

Based on the plan, the government will spread knowledge among the public to increase the population's "scientific literacy" from 6.2 percent in 2015 to above 10 percent by 2020.

Local government departments should include the plan of improving citizens' scientific literacy into their work, offer more support in policies and funds, and strengthen supervision and inspection, to promote its practical implementation, say officials.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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