Digital Mandarin Classes for All

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China’s Ministry of Education has announced plans to train teachers and improve infrastructure for digital education in the poorer areas of the country, including the distribution of a million specially designed mobile phones preloaded with apps for learning Mandarin.

The ministry will hold digital education training programs for the staff and headmasters of elementary and middle schools in these areas, according to a directive issued by the general office of the ministry last month. It will also organize donations of digital teaching equipment and the sharing of high-quality digital education resources and services, the document said.

The Open University of China, a new online university, will help to build 40 “cloud classrooms,” and digital programs will be provided for elementary and middle schools in these regions.