In­creased fo­cus on el­derly in Shang­hai

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Shang­hai will be de­vel­op­ing a more com­pre­hen­sive and mod­ern ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem for its senior res­i­dents as it aims to pro­vide a greater va­ri­ety of en­rich­ment ac­tiv­i­ties for 40 per­cent of the city’s el­derly pop­u­la­tion by 2020.

The 13th Five-Year Plan for el­derly ed­u­ca­tion devel­op­ment, which was re­leased by the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion, stated that 300 more so­cial study lo­ca­tions, 100 work­shop ser­vice points and an ad­di­tional 10,000 on­line study groups will be set up to help lo­cal el­derly learn new things and en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion among one an­other.

As of the end of 2015, Shang­hai’s el­derly pop­u­la­tion, de­fined by those aged over 60-years-old, had ex­ceeded 4.35 mil­lion. It was the first time in the city’s his­tory that el­derly peo­ple had ac­counted for more than 30 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion.

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