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Evolution and Development of the Elderly Education in China(PDF)

Global Lifelong Learning[ISSN:1006-6977/CN:61-1281/TN]

2023 2023 01
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Evolution and Development of the Elderly Education in China
Shuyu Yang
Communication University of China, Beijing, China
elderly education in china policy research development
Elderly education in China originated from the political study of retired cadres after the reform and opening-up. The first college for the elderly was established in 1983. Both the Outline for the Development of Efforts to Tackle Population Aging in China (1994-2000) and the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Elderly People specify the concept of education for the elderly and their right to education. The Notice on Carrying Out Elderly Education issued by five departments including the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the CPC in 2001 and the Development Plan for Elderly Education (2016-2020) issued by the General Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China are the milestone policies specifically instructing the national work on elderly education. The Opinions on Strengthening the Efforts to Tackle Population Aging in the New Era released by the Central Committee of the CPC and the State Council in 2021 clearly stipulate that the education sector should take the lead in researching and formulating policies for the development of elderly education. Some provinces and cities have enacted the Regulations on Elderly Education. In the past 40 years, preliminary achievements have been made in the research of elderly education, and significant progress has been achieved in elderly education. However, there are still pressing issues that need to be addressed. The next step should be to further improve the management system and clarify the positioning of elderly education, increase the investment of educational funds and facilities by all levels of government, and strengthen the development of professional and part-time teaching staff and learning resources. It is necessary to support the development of rural elderly education and the education for vulnerable elderly groups by accelerating special national legislation.




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