Ahead of China's Arbor Day on March 11, a volunteer helps a child to water the newly planted saplings in Shicong village, Huzhou city, East China's Zhejiang province, on March 11, 2020. (Photos: Xinhua)
Efforts required to meet afforestation targets
China has urged greater afforestation efforts amid the novel coronavirus pneumonia pandemic to ensure afforestation targets are met this year, according to a circular released by the General Office of the State Council.
Promoting afforestation in an active and orderly manner is an important part of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and realizing the economic and social development goals of the 13th Five-Year Plan. It is also an important measure to boost employment and incomes of the poor and win the battle against poverty, the circular said.
Regions with a low risk of novel coronavirus transmission should speed up afforestation while medium-risk regions should stagger working hours to promote afforestation in a safe and orderly manner.
The circular called for efforts to organize poor farmers to shoulder more local afforestation work in a bid to boost their incomes and help eradicate poverty.
Innovative methods such as posters, video clips, the internet and social messaging should be adopted to encourage public participation in voluntary tree planting and spread afforestation knowledge, it said.
Xinhua contributed to the story.
A teacher prepares a course on a platform by Waiyan Online. College students are encouraged to stay at home and study online due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Hardworking spirit education boosted
The Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council have unveiled a guideline on strengthening education on the hardworking spirit among students in universities, secondary and primary schools in the new era.
Education on the hardworking spirit is an important part of the socialist education system with Chinese characteristics. While progress has been made in terms of such education, the unique value of the hardworking spirit has still been overlooked in recent years. As a result, some teenagers don't cherish the fruits of hard work and are incapable of or not interested in working hard.
The whole Party and society must pay close attention to education on the hardworking spirit and take effective measures to strengthen such education, the guideline said.
Stressing the importance of full understanding of the new requirements for strengthening such education and cultivating the younger generation to join the socialist cause, the guideline called for students to be taught to respect work and be trained in the scientific spirit.
Students should acquire basic working skills for livelihood and individual development, and form good working habits through such education, the guideline said.
Specifically, young children in primary school should learn to take care of themselves in daily life and understand that everyone needs to work. Older children in primary school should help parents do housework and learn to cooperate with others while working.
Students in middle school should develop qualities such as being responsible and enduring hardship, while high school students should acquire several hardworking skills and want to actively help others and society, according to the guideline.
A priority of such education in vocational schools is cultivating the craftsmanship spirit and dedication of students, and university students should be aware of public services and be dedicated when faced with crises such as major epidemics or disasters, it said.
The guideline also called for ensuring investment in hardworking spirit education to train more teachers, establish more practice bases, and improve security protection for teachers and students in such work.
Government at all levels should strengthen supervision of education on the hardworking spirit, the guideline said.