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Improving education and culture

Updated: 2014-03-27
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Huocheng county, in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, plans to further promote the “Two Basics” Project which is universal coverage of a nine-year compulsory education and eliminating illiteracy among middle-aged and young people in western China. The county government has made great efforts in improving the quality of education, with course reforms at primary and secondary schools, and increased investments in educational facilities. A fund of RMB 72 million has been invested in a series of projects, such as rebuilding and renovating junior middle schools and run-down schools in rural areas, improving safety conditions at primary and secondary schools, setting up 27 bilingual kindergartens, establishing schools for Han and other ethnic groups, and purchasing teaching instruments. As a result, local educational resources have been redistributed and optimized, leading to a more balanced development among schools at different administrative levels.

In the meantime, many cultural and sports facilities have been built, with almost RMB 26 million in investment. The county built 12 sports centers for local farmers and herdsmen, 25 mini village libraries, and seven cultural centers. More than 260 cultural and recreational activities have been held in city squares and rural villages, some with joint efforts from Wuxi city, all of which have helped promote advanced culture in the county. Also in full swing is the application for intangible cultural heritage (ICH) safeguarding. Six projects, including Daxigou Temple Fair, the Legend of Tiannv (heavenly maid), and Uygur proverbs, are applying for world intangible heritage status.