Organizers held a ceremony and public event in the county of Changting, southeast China's Fujian Province, on December 20 to launch the official initiative promoting innovative knowledge of culture, technology and hygiene in rural areas.
To mark the 80th anniversary of the victory in the Long March (1934-1936), the initiative promoting innovative knowledge of culture, technology and hygiene in rural areas will be promoted across 14 provinces, regions and cities along the March's historic route.
Lu Wei, deputy-director of the Central Publicity Department, presided over the launching ceremony, which was also attended by Shu Wei, executive secretary of CAST.
At the ceremony, CAST announced a 1.2 million-yuan worth donation to the province for the building of two rural middle school-based science museums, 3 cloud classrooms and a meteorological observatory for middle school students.
In technology, scientists and experts will promote relevant sci-tech exhibition tours across the province.
In health, senior doctors will organize training sessions attended by grassroots medical staff. Also, they will explore and research relevant approaches to promote the development of the healthcare industry in villages.
Over 5,000 local residents in Changting attended the event. Many also paid a visit to the local scientific exhibition displaying innovative technologies such as drones and virtual reality displays.
The event was jointly run by 12 central government departments, mass organizations and associations, such as the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the Central Civilization Office, the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and the ministries of education, justice, agriculture, culture, science and technology, the Central Committee of the China Communist Young League (CCYL), the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), and the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), as well as Fujian CPC Committee and Fujian Government.