Youth De­vel­op­ment

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China re­leased a de­tailed 10-year youth de­vel­op­ment plan on April 13, vow­ing to pro­vide bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment and health­care for the na­tion’s youth. “Youth” in the con­text of the plan re­leased by the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China and the State Coun­cil refers to those aged from 14 to 35.

The Mid­dle- and Long-term Youth De­vel­op­ment Plan (2016-25) sets a gen­eral goal of es­tab­lish­ing a “youth de­vel­op­ment pol­icy sys­tem and work mech­a­nism” by 2020 and im­prov­ing the sys­tem by 2025. Specif­i­cally, the plan sets ed­u­ca­tional goals of an av­er­age 13.5 years of ed­u­ca­tion for newly added la­bor force and a gross higher ed­u­ca­tion en­roll­ment rate of over 50 per­cent within the next 10 years.

“Youth is the coun­try’s fu­ture and the na­tion’s hope,” reads the plan. The gov­ern­ment will also nar­row the ed­u­ca­tional gap across the coun­try and pump more cap­i­tal and re­sources into the less de­vel­oped western ar­eas, it says.

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