EDUCATION IS A GIFT FOR LIFE

Education improves life-long health, income and prospects. Save the Children works to ensure that every child receives a good quality education and gains the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in the 21st century. We support programmes that are proven to promote learning in school and in the community. And we influence global and national policy to improve children’s access to quality education, from pre-school care through to adulthood.

A beneficiary from Save the Children's basic education project, Khotont soum, Arkhangai ©Save the Children
A beneficiary from Save the Children's basic education project, Khotont soum, Arkhangai ©Save the Children

Challenges in Mongolia:

Education has experienced some turbulence with the rise of free markets and increasing urbanization. As more families move to the cities urban schools are suffering from overcrowding while rural schools suffer from low attendance. After Education reforms in 2008, Mongolian children started going to school at the age of 6 years, presenting difficult choices for herder families in remote and isolated communities planning primary education for their children. Many young children go to live in the soum dormitories or with relatives, far from their families. About an one third of all pre-school age children in the country still have no access to quality early childhood care and development services in either urban or rural settings.

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Challenges in Mongolia:

Save the Children believes that children in crisis situations do not have their learning interrupted. The major natural disaster which threatens children in Mongolia is a Dzud, an extreme winter phenomenon comprising heavy snow storms.  Children – especially those from herders’ families - are particularly affected by this crisis; access to education is very poor, the usually long journey to school, schools and dormitories are incredibly cold, and respiratory infections are common. With their parents’ struggling financially, children are arriving at school without warm clothes and without money to properly look after them, not to mention the psychological impacts of being separated from their family for longer than with little or no means of communication. 

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