China to boost citizens' scientific literacy in next five years

15:49, May 31, 2011      

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China is decades behind the developed world in terms of scientific literacy, and the nation will focus on improving the overall scientific knowledge of Chinese people during the period of the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), according to information from the eighth national congress of the China Association for Science and Technology.

According to the China Association for Science and Technology's national survey on scientific literacy, only 3.27 percent of respondents had basic scientific knowledge in 2010, which is on par with the level of developed countries and regions in the early 1990s.

The China Association for Science and Technology has given a priority to the mission of significantly upgrading the public's scientific literacy on its agenda in the next five years. To accomplish this goal, the association is going to push through a national system for scientific resources collection and sharing, encourage the creation of scientific works, develop infrastructure, give a quick response to the most pressing scientific issues and meet citizens' diverse demands for scientific knowledge.

According to the China Association for Science and Technology, the efforts will focus on specific groups of farmers, community residents and minors.

The China Association for Science and Technology will help them to learn and master applicable technologies to boost agricultural production. The association also plans to establish and improve pilot projects for science and technology popularization in rural areas.

For community residents, the association is going to organize various activities to disseminate basic theories on safety, health, environmental protection, emergencies and other important areas. For minors, it will conduct practice activities and extracurricular education programs.

During the period of China's 12th Five-Year Plan, the China Association for Science and Technology will enhance infrastructure construction to expand the coverage of science and technology venues, with the goal of erecting at least one venue in a city with a population over 1 million. It will adopt mobile museums and caravans to promote science and technology and strengthen efforts in grassroots and poor areas. The association will try to complete 1,000 training bases throughout China.

Besides, the congress decided that the China Association for Science and Technology's work will emphasize academic morality and punish academic misconduct as well.

By Chen Lidan, People's Daily Online

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