Cultural volunteers sent to ethnic groups for communications

15:03, August 17, 2010      

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Volunteers performance acrobatics at the opening ceremony of the cultural volunteers operation on Aug.16.(Photo by Zhang Yu/Xinhua)

A cultural volunteers operation that aims to promote communications and cultural exchanges between China’s minority groups and other developed regions was officially launched in Beijing on Aug.16.

Senior officials of the Ministry of Culture presented operation flags to volunteers on the opening ceremony.

Delegations from the cultural department of Xinjiang exchanged cultural communication voluntary books with Beijing and Zhejiang Province. Tibet's cultural department exchanged with Chongqing City and Fujian Province.

According to the arrangement, the cultural communication volunteer groups will serve in Xinjiang and Tibet for one month and 68 Tibetan cultural workers will attend training courses in October in Chongqing and Fuzhou to advance two-way communications.

The cultural volunteers operation is set to promote culture exchanges and learning between ethnic minorities in border areas and other developed regions. It aims to provide voluntary cultural services by means of various cultural art forms by volunteers nationwide.

Mainland provinces are responsible for recruiting volunteers to conduct activities, including the Grand Stage Program, the Lecture Theater Program and the Grand Booth Program in border areas inhabited by plentiful ethnic groups to offer opportunities for people of all ethnic groups to share cultural developments.

The cultural volunteers operation is one of the key activities of the Spring Rain Project, a public welfare program sponsored by the International Scientific Exchange Foundation of China.

The Spring Rain Project aims to make modern information education accessible to all children and to promote a scientific aid program in middle and primary schools in those less-developed regions.

The Spring Rain Project has established more than 180 scientific aid stations in ten provinces in China as of today.

By Li Mu, People's Daily Online
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