CHINA China promotes Mandarin in impoverished regions

CHINA

China promotes Mandarin in impoverished regions

Xinhua

20:12, May 31, 2019

BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhua) - China has taken measures to promote the use of Mandarin in impoverished areas and remove the language barriers in the country's poverty alleviation efforts, the Ministry of Education said Friday.

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China in 2018 published an action plan for three years listing Mandarin popularization as a task to accomplish in poverty alleviation.  In accordance with the plan, greater efforts will be made extensively to implement Mandarin training among pre-school children aged three to six, and among farmers and herders aged between 18 and 45.   

A mobile phone application has been developed to help young and middle-aged farmers and herdsmen learn Mandarin, the ministry said at a press conference held in Beijing Friday.

Moreover, more university students are encouraged to work as volunteers and take part in the Mandarin popularization campaign for months-long summer vacation. In 2018, about 1,360 college students were organized to teach Mandarin to farmers and herdsmen in poverty-stricken areas.

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