On the initiative of our community heroes from our learning centers in Arvaikheer and Chinggis (Mongolia), the very first BOOKBRIDGE English Olympiad took place in Arvaikheer between November 1 and 3.
Ankhiluun Davaa, Head of Learning Center in Chinggis, came to Arvaikheer with her 17 students. Chinggis – Arvaikheer: this means that they had been driven over 800 kilometers! They were welcomed by Uugantsetseg “Uuganaa” Gantumur (Head of Learning Center in Arvaikheer) and over 100 excited students.
The goal of the two women was to give their students the opportunity to get to know each other, to learn from each other and share experiences and plan future activities through the field trip. The event consisted of three parts: English Olympiad, basketball contest and presentation session in English prepared by students themselves.
During the English Olympiad 168 students from grades 5 to 12 participated (students between 10 and 16 years old). 5-7th graders participated in a spelling bee contest and 8-12th graders had to pass a test which included 35 questions. The best three students of each grade were awarded with the BOOKBRIDGE medal. The basketball contest was organized for 12th graders and five students did presentations topics like health and environment.
Peace Corps volunteers Olivia, Jenna and Jeff from Arvaikheer helped to organize the event being in charge of the development of the materials for the English Olympiad. Also three former students of Uuganaa’s, Yusuu, Ochiroo and Bayanbut came from capital Ulaanbaatar to help their teachers. A big thank you to all of you for your commitment and great support!
Uuganaa was very content of the event: It was a very important event, which included all stakeholders, BOOKBRIDGE Mongolia, local government and families, teachers and children. During the event, I could see how the children learned from each other and made good friends. They even have made plans to collaborate in the future and organize activities on their own.