Chinese Colleges are Giving Weeklong ‘Love Break’ to Students. Here’s Why

Last Update: April 02, 2023, 09:38 AM IST

This photo taken on June 9, 2022 shows students leaving school after their final exams of the National College Entrance Examination in Huai'an in China's eastern Jiangsu province.  (AFP)

This photo taken on June 9, 2022 shows students leaving school after their final exams of the National College Entrance Examination in Huai’an in China’s eastern Jiangsu province. (AFP)

The 7 day holiday encourages the students to learn to ‘love nature, love life and enjoy love through enjoying spring break’.

Amid growing demographic crisis in China with falling birth rate, political advisors to the government have made several recommendations to address the crisis.

Many colleges have also come up with a unique plan to support the national concern.

Nine vocational colleges in China want their students to go out and find love during a week-long holiday in April in a bid to reverse China’s falling birth rate.

Fan Mei’s school Education The group announced on 23 March that they were going on vacation from 1 April to 7 April and tasked the students with enjoying themselves.

The 7-day holiday encourages students to “love nature, love life and learn to enjoy spring break”.

“I hope that students can go to see the green water and green mountains and feel the breath of spring. This will not only broaden students’ horizons and develop their feelings, but also enrich and deepen the teaching materials in the classroom.” Will do,” Liang Guohui, deputy dean of Meiyang Flying Vocational College, said in a statement.

Students’ homework includes writing a diary, tracking personal development, and making a travel video.

“Get out of campus, get in touch with nature and feel the beauty of spring with your heart,” the statement said.

Schools have been giving students and teachers a week off in the spring since 2019, but this year’s theme is “Enjoy Flowers, Fall in Love,” with a special emphasis on romance.

The announcement comes at a time when China is being supported by rapidly falling birth and marriage rates.

Local companies, provinces and townships are experimenting with ways to get people to marry, such as offering 30 days of “wedding leave” or starting campaigns to get city women to date rural older bachelors.

South Korea, which is also facing a slowing birth rate, is considering a proposal exempt men from compulsory military service For those who have three or more children before the age of 30. The country hopes that this effort will increase the country’s sick birth rate.

China is facing a looming demographic crisis as its workforce ages, which analysts warn could stifle economic growth and increase pressure on public coffers.

The country’s population will decline in 2022 for the first time in more than six decades. According to a study by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, AFP reported that the Chinese population could decline by an average of 1.1 percent every year.

The mainland Chinese population at the end of 2022 was about 1,411,750,000, the National Bureau of Statistics reported, a decrease of 850,000 from the end of last year.

(With inputs from AFP)

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