CAP4 Team opens new Learning Center in Mongolia

Together with Battuul (center), her father-in-law (left), Tim from the Capability Program team (right) and two government officials cut the ribbon to open the learning center.
Together with Battuul (center), her father-in-law (left), Tim from the Capability Program team (right) and two government officials cut the ribbon to open the learning center.

Exciting months have passed since the candidates of our 4th Capability Program have started to set-up a new learning center in Mongolia’s south. On September 26, the center openend with the attendance of many public officials, the CAP candidates and an overwhelming crowd of children from Dalanzadgad.

On his search for the right place in the Gobi desert for the 9th BOOKBRIDGE learning center, BOOKBRIDGE Country Manager Amar Purev found Battuul Alexander. Battuul is a very dynamic entrepreneur from Dalanzadgad and she became our new community hero in Southern Mongolia. Supported by the team of our 4th Capability Program and local tandem partners (Nomintuya, Munkhchuluun, Sam), Battuul has restored the building with her family and recruited her teacher and librarian to work together in the set up of the new learning center. We are proud of her!

Bookbridge learning centers offer English courses in a joyful and quality environment, but also life skills development to build better opportunities for young people in rural areas.
Bookbridge learning centers offer English courses in a joyful and quality environment, but also life skills development to build better opportunities for young people in rural areas.

Battuul and her team created a beautiful library with 6,000 English books collected and sorted by the Book Champions from Franconian International School. She chose “Global Passport Center” as name for her new learning center. Robert & Andrea Erdin, Dirk Reich and Judy Gate provided EUR 20,000 as an investment allowing Battuul to refurbish the building, equip the learning center with IT systems and start its operations.

The Capability Program team was very international with candidates from Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, England, France, Holland and Bulgaria. This melting pot of nationalities enriched the entrepreneurial adventure. The team was composed of five employees from Hilti and six individuals from different companies. The team had the opportunity to face the challenge of creating a social business in the remote South Gobi Desert in Mongolia. They were supported by our business coach Joanna Hafenmayer as well as Amar and Tunga from BOOKBRIDGE Mongolia.

Very happy about the successful opening: the candidates of the Capability Program with Battuul and coach Joanna Hafenmayer
Very happy about the successful opening: the candidates of the Capability Program with Battuul and coach Joanna Hafenmayer

Around 80 adults and children attended the opening ceremony and Battuul already got 8 and 17 students who had signed up for the courses and library memberships.

From October 1st on, the Global Passport Center will offer:

  • English courses for adults and children, for their personal development but also for their exams as well as professional development in Tourism industry.
  • Private English classes
  • Library with 6000 English books (children, science, fiction, crime, comics,
  • Internet & Computers
  • Social activities on Saturdays and Games
  • Summer kindergarten

Without the support of the Capability Program team, the investors and the Book Champions, Battuul’s learning center would not exist. We are very grateful for your support!

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