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Welfare lotteries to sponsor 1,800 rural youth centers

(Xinhua)

08:06, April 28, 2012

A total of 1,800 youth centers will be built in rural areas this year with funds raised by welfare lotteries, according to an announcement made at an opening ceremony for the project held in central China's Anhui province on Friday.

The centers will feature improved equipment, instructors and site selection and are expected to open by October, giving young people in rural areas access to free, high-quality extracurricular programs, according to the announcement.

Authorities have created a five-year plan to allocate 2.45 billion yuan ($388.9 million) from central welfare lotteries to build 8,000 youth centers between 2011 and 2015.

In 2011, 1,600 centers were built, allowing children to take part in life skill training sessions, recreational and sporting activities.

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