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The Mongolian Education Sector
The role of International Volunteers

“VSO Mongolia launched its new report on the Mongolian Education Sector and the role of International Volunteers on Thursday 30th June at 14:30 at the Khan Bank Theatre, Ulaanbaatar.

The Mongolian Education Sector stands at a crossroads. There are numerous opportunities presented by the high level of economic growth, which has brought more resources into the sector. However, as Mongolia emerges onto the world stage, the disparity between rich and poor could leave many marginalised when it comes to benefitting from education. The Mongolian Government has made an immense effort to develop the education sector at all levels since its transition to democracy with an admirable openness and willingness to progress towards its further development. Indeed, tremendous progress was made to accommodate the unique country characteristics such as the nomadic lifestyle, low population density in remote areas, and striving towards meeting international standards. The Mongolian people have always valued education over other attributes and have habitually made it their priority to educate their children. Due to these efforts, our findings showed that overall the parents were satisfied with their children’s progress at school. However, there are still many challenges that remain to be tackled. Our findings also showed that amongst all stakeholders, there was an overwhelming majority who gave a negative response when asked about the performance of the sector at present; this was in terms of the quality of education (68%), Access to education (83%), and the inclusiveness of the system for disadvantaged groups (76%).

In concluding what VSO Mongolia has achieved in its education programme over the last 20 years, international volunteers have and continue to make a significant impact in the development of the education sector. Stakeholders who took part in this research generally held a positive view of the role and influence of the international volunteers, with 67% of respondents regarding them as having played a crucial role in education. While just over half of respondents had experience of working with international volunteers, 94% of all respondents were willing to work with them in the future. At this stage in Mongolia’s development, the relevance and impact of international volunteering must be acknowledged when addressing these challenges and future priorities in taking the education sector forward to achieve its ultimate goal of ‘Education for All’.

Download the Report:
The Mongolian Education Sector - The role of International Volunteers

Authors of the report, Tsolmon Gundenbal and Aliénor Salmon

Tsolmon Gundenbal and Aliénor Salmon (authors of the report)
presenting the main findings of the report

Selene Sun-Min Lee (UNV Programme Officer) making a presentation
on the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers “IYV+10”


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