ALLiN and Mongolia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports (MECSS) have jointly launched the Mongolia Digital School project in Ulaanbaatar on 28 August 2018.
The launch event was attended by more than 80 key stakeholders involved in the first phase of the program’s rollout, and graced by Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports Ms. Tsogzolmaa Tsedenbal, and ALLiN Chairman Mr. Edwin Lee.
Attendees were briefed on the program’s key goal, which is to provide children in rural areas access to quality education where they are, whether in the countryside or urbanised ger districts. The program also seeks to strengthen teachers in terms of their skills development and use of technology in the classroom, enabling the classroom of the future to be established in Mongolian schools.
Addressing the audience of key stakeholders, Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports Ms. Tsogzolmaa Tsedenbal said, “The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports has been conducting research on reducing the gap between the quality and results of education. We are collaborating with ALLiN Technologies Pte Ltd, Singapore to support the use of information technology in this Mongolia Digital School project.”
Director General of the Education Policy Department Mr. Tumur-Ochir Nyam-Ochir added, "The strengthening of teachers is a major challenge today in the development of science and technology. The capacity of our teachers who prepare the future will be to nurture citizens who will develop a knowledge-educated country. Therefore, it is imperative to implement this project. Most importantly, it is important to implement effectively and to benefit every child.”
The ALLiN team also shared their experiences of working on the ground in Guizhou, China to deliver high quality and effective teaching content through the JnrLink platform to 15,000 students in more than 300 schools in Bijie city’s Qixingguan district.
Speaking on behalf of ALLiN, Chairman Mr. Edwin Lee said, “We are confident that our program will play an important role in building a strong foundation for learning. This in turn will translate into a better chance of success in life. Through this program, we hope every child in Mongolia will effectively learn Mongolian, English and any other discipline. We hope they will become better equipped, and one day be able to contribute to the well-being of Mongolia.”
As part of the initial kick off to the Mongolia Digital School project, a delegation from Mongolia will be coming to Singapore for a study trip in the fourth quarter of this year. They will be experiencing ALLiN’s teacher’s training to enable the most effective execution of JnrLink once the program rolls out in Mongolia.
On the sidelines of this momentous event, Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports Ms. Tsogzolmaa Tsedenbal, Director General of the Education Policy Department Mr. Tumur-Ochir Nyam-Ochir, and ALLiN Chairman Mr. Edwin Lee also gave interviews to Mongolian press in attendance.
Access to quality education remains a challenge for rural children all over the world, including in Mongolia. Studies have shown that children in rural areas are not only less likely to attend formal education compared to their peers from cities, those who do attend public education also lag behind those in urban areas in a number of cognitive and non-cognitive abilities.
The Mongolia Digital School project will bring quality education to more than 350,000 young Mongolians, including and in particular children in the ger districts, in line MECSS’s Sustainable Development Vision 2030 for early childhood education and towards a “knowledge-based society and a skilful Mongolian.”
ALLiN’s project in Mongolia has been endorsed by UOB Venture Management on the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)’s Dealshare Platform. Interested supporters are invited to join hands with us to change the lives of Mongolian children for years to come.
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