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Special TV program for people above 50

An educational television program targeting people above the age of 50 debuted in the city yesterday.

“Golden School” — jointly created by the Shanghai Education Commission, Shanghai Radio and Television Station, Shanghai Media Group and Oriental Pearl Group — was launched on the BesTV app on February 9, enabling those aged 50 and above to take free classes on mobile devices. Now they can watch it on TV.

As the first educational platform designed for this age group, it offers about 1,000 classes covering areas such as smart life, culture and entertainment, and health and science.

The smart life class focuses on the challenges older people have in adapting to the digital world. There is also a course where students learn how to use smartphones.

Other classes include cooking, gardening, tea art, fashion, calligraphy and opera.

Liu Xiaofeng, vice chairman of the Shanghai Radio and Television Station, Shanghai Media Group and Oriental Pearl Group, said offline community products and services will also be developed.

“As a city with a large population of people 50 and above, there’s growing demand for continuing education in Shanghai in this age group,” said Ni Minjing, deputy director of the Shanghai Education Commission.

“With the development of information technology, especially against the backdrop of the pandemic, the modes of learning for this age group are also changing. Golden School enables those 50 and over to benefit from quality lifelong learning resources at home.”

Shanghai has been promoting the development of education for older people.

It now has four city-level colleges for people 50 and above, 44 branches citywide, 18 at the district level, 221 in towns and industrial parks and close to 5,500 study sites in villages.


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