All-Staff Training in Mongolia

Mongolian BOOKBRIDGE team with Monika, Sujitha and Sanha
Mongolian BOOKBRIDGE team with Monika, Sujitha and Sanha

The All-Staff Training in Mongolia took place from August 4-9 in Terelj National Park in Mongolia and was a great success. Besides the members of the Mongolian BOOKBRIDGE team, we had the pleasure to welcome three participants from Sri Lanka and Cambodia: Sujitha, Community Hero in Bandarawela, Sanha, Education Business Developer, and Monika, BOOKBRIDGE Country Development Manager.

The international team spent quality time together and shared experiences among the learning centers in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia. Most important: the Community Heroes inspired each others sharing their skills and what they have been doing so far in their communities. With this training, we did a big step towards growing together as a team.

We started the training with the session “the Community Hero as a manager”, then we went into skills and discussed project-based learning as well as the challenges the Community Heroes are facing. There were, of course, other sub-topics like improving teaching methods and marketing strategies as well as how to improve the students’ English skills.

Training session
Training session

Sri Lankan-based Sujitha had come to Mongolia to share her experiences in running life skills courses and how to use BOOKBRIDGE stipend fund to improve her teaching and management skills. The Mongolian Community Heroes shared their experiences with their Sri Lankan and Cambodian collegues in running project-based learning by organizing the first BOOKBRIDGE student summer camp (see the link) and a TEDx event in Arvaikheer. All participants agreed on project-based learning being the future of the learning centers’ activities. We were proud that as a result the Community Heroes started to spin off project-based learning activities together beyond borders!

Book Champions shared their experiences
Book Champions shared their experiences

We had a great surprise visit by our Book Champions from the UK. They shared their story about how the book collection and sorting events started and what they have been experiencing so far. We were amazed by this group of young people, by their enthusiasm and readiness to help others.

Our guest speakers were Tsolmon, Chair of Board of Nomiin Guur NGO (our organization in Mongolia), and Ankhzaya, Educational specialists from the Mongolian National University of Education. All Community Heroes appreciated the valuable contents they shared and hope to continue to work together in the future.

Discussing strategies
Discussing strategies

A new and fun activity we introduced in the staff training was the daily morning workout including as cross fitness training, yoga and some hiking. We are thankful Monika for that initiation!

After training the international curriculum development team, Monika and Sanha from Cambodia, Uugantsetseg and Batchimeg from Mongolia and Sujitha from Sri Lanka headed to  our learning center in Sainshand to work on a student-centered and project-based curriculum for all BOOKBRIDGE learning centers.

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