China launches app to teach schoolkids socialist theory and 'belief in the party'

In this 2017 photograph, students sing the national anthem on the playground during the flag-hoisting ceremony at their school in Shanghai, China.

Hong Kong (CNN)Kids in the United States may be busy playing Fortnite and Apex Legends, but their Chinese counterparts are getting into socialist theory.

At least that's the intention of a new app launched under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and the Communist Party's Young Pioneers association.
According to the state-run Global Times, the new app and website is designed to help elementary and middle school-aged children "learn about new socialist thought and Chinese classics as part of a campaign to consolidate their belief in the party and inspire them to be reliable socialist successors."
Lessons on the platform -- run by the People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party -- include "I am Chinese," which introduces children to the country's "56 ethnic groups living in harmony," and "Building a well-off society."
    Another lesson explains how "Grandpa Xi led us into the new era," replete with illustrations of President Xi Jinping alongside smiling children.