With financial support from the World Bank and the Japan Social Development Fund, this project has implemented in 30 soums of Arkhangai, Uvurkhangai, Dornod and Sukhbaatar provinces. It has aimed at improving the education outcomes of at least 7,500 most vulnerable children aged 5-10 in the educationally under-performing and under-served rural areas of Mongolia. 

Project Components: 

① Home-based school preparation program② Extracurricular after-school programs③ Compensatory distance education program

Project Objectives:

• To introduce the home-based school preparation program for preschool children in remote communities and strengthen participation of parents;

• To introduce extracurricular after-school programs at schools for children who live away from home that nurture the learning, assist them to adapt to school life, and develop good practices in school and dormitory life;

• To support opportunities for lower-primary out-of-school children in rural areas by piloting and introducing compensatory education programs.

Over 8,000 children from the most isolated areas in Mongolia has benefited from the project.
Over 8,000 children from the most isolated areas in Mongolia has benefited from the project.

Project Achievements:

“Improving Primary Education Outcomes for the most vulnerable children in rural Mongolia” project completed in mid-2017, but already exceeded its direct beneficiary targets by 7 percent reaching a total of 8,000 children (47 percent girls), and its other beneficiary targets by 22 percent reaching 20,000 teachers, parents and officials.

The project has significantly increased awareness and support from the community, educators, and local and national policy-makers who plan to expand the project to other regions. Other countries, other regions of Mongolia and donors have also responded positively to the model. 

The project was named as the “most successful” by the World Bank and Japan Social Development Fund in 2016. It is hoped that the model will be rolled out in all remote provinces in collaboration with the Mongolian government.