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Shanghai launches program for ancient technology education

(People's Daily)

16:38, February 21, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

On Feb. 16, the signing ceremony for construction of the "Youth Base of National Compass Program" was held in Shanghai. It means that from now on, the children in Shanghai can get to know some amazing ancient technologies in youth centers or community schools.

The "Compass Program" aims to display the values of ancient Chinese inventions. In February 2009, a leadership team for the "Compass Program" was set up by 10 ministries and commissions including the Publicity Department and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage to find the intrinsic value of China’s traditional science and technology out of substantial cultural heritages and utilize the technology to benefit people.

Li Xiaojie, vice minister Culture Ministry and director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, said that the Administration, under the strong support of Shanghai municipal government during the past two years, has made great achievements. The program has helped make the “sleeping” cultural relics alive by providing interesting pictures, real objects and electronic screens.

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