On January 6, the Mongolian BOOKBRIDGE team met in Sainshand, Dornogovi province for their bi-yearly all staff meeting. Before the training started we visited the famous Energy Center, Khamar Monastery and recharged our energy.
In Saishand, Batchimeg, the Community Hero of Sainshand learning center welcomed us. On this occasion, our team had planned to brainstorm and discuss ideas around the 10 years celebration of BOOKBRIDGE in Mongolia and Arvaikheer learning center. Yes, you heard it right: It’s been now 10 years that BOOKBRIDGE has started it’s journey in social entrepreneurship.
As you may know, the first BOOKBRIDGE learning center was set up in together with community hero Uugantsetseg in 2009. We all are very much excited to welcome the Bridgebuilders who will travel coming August and September to Mongolia to celebrate the 10th anniversary!
The second main topic was to discuss the business challenge for our learning centers that preferably goes beyond offering English and IT courses. Most of our learning centers are sustainable through offering quality English courses in their respective communities. However, we would like to explore ideas that may also contribute towards sustainability of the learning center as well as entrepreneurial growth in the community.
As the main focus of our learning centers is on quality English classes, our community heroes are always looking forward to updating their teaching skills, approaching to work with youth, and learning from each other during the all staff training. All 11 community heroes taught in a pair mock English lesson. The others observed and gave feedback. The community heroes also had the opportunity to meet virtually with the teachers from FIS in Germany to discuss about the classroom connection program, a virtual learning program for teachers lasting six months.
Last but not least, on behalf of our community hero request we invited an external trainer from Ulaanbaatar, Enkhtuya Sukhbaatar, who is a freelance researcher in a social field. She has a vast experience in youth and development work. Besides her valuable session about youth work, emotional intelligence and practical team exercises she inspired and encouraged us to do self-directed learning and to expand our perspectives.
We sure left Sainshand with a lot of positive energy for the rest of the year!
Thank you very much, Enkhtuya Sukhbaatar, for coming to Sainshand and sharing your experience with us. A big thank you to all community heroes for your commitment and passion in your work what you are doing!