So­cial work­ers to in­crease by 1.45 mil­lion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China has set a tar­get of train­ing 1.45 mil­lion so­cial work­ers by 2020 to pro­mote the coun­try’s so­cial ser­vices, a so­cial work ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said.

“To fill the gap, we are go­ing to work with ed­u­ca­tional de­part­ments to en­cour­age more univer­si­ties to open so­cial work pro­grams and to re­cruit more stu­dents,” said Huang Sheng­wei, deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Depart­ment of So­cial Work at the Min­istry of Civil Affairs.

Min­is­ter of Civil Affairs Li Liguo said that the coun­try has grad­u­ated 500,000 pro­fes­sional so­cial work­ers and cre­ated more than 180,000 so­cial work jobs.

There are 4,686 pri­vate so­cial work in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try, Li said, adding that poverty al­le­vi­a­tion is the cen­tral task of pro­fes­sional so­cial work.

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