How to teach cognitive development to the rest of the world
In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that in order to combat global warming, “our goal is to develop a better human brain”.
The speech was part of a larger initiative that included the launching of a $3 billion programme for the study of cognitive development among the world’s youth, and was meant to demonstrate China’s ambition to improve the mental health of its citizens.
In his speech, Xi stressed the importance of cognitive training in order for the world to become a smarter place, saying:The key to this development, Xi said, is to “develop a better cognitive brain”.
In his address, Xi pledged that China would continue to invest in cognitive training for all of its youth.
He also announced that China has set a goal of increasing the global contribution of its cognitive training programme to the next generation by 2020, a goal which has been a focus of international development efforts.
The speech marked a major shift in China’s policy towards cognitive development.
Xi had previously said that he had no plans to establish a National Centre for Cognitive Training and Development, but instead that he would work with states to establish “high-quality centres” that would focus on the development of “high achievers”.
In December, Xi set up a panel to investigate how China could better prepare young people for life in the future.
The panel will work with various organisations, including the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to identify the most promising ways to improve cognitive development in China.
In the speech, he said that China had made great strides in its cognitive development programme and that China’s progress would be “very important” for the future of its people.
The Global Brain Initiative is part of China’s strategy to boost the mental wellbeing of its children.