Interview with Battuul Alexander, Dalanzadgad Learning Center

Battuul with English teacher Mongonoo (right) and librarian Ariuna (left) in front of the learning center
Battuul with English teacher Mongonoo (right) and librarian Ariuna (left) in front of the learning center

Battuul Alexander (33) is BOOKBRIDGE Community Hero in Dalanzadgad. She operates our newest learning center located in southern Mongolia that was set-up with the help of the candidates of our fourth Capability Program. In this post, we introduce Battuul.

Battuul, who are you? Please tell us about you and your background.
I am 33 and was born in Dalanzadgad. I graduated from Language University in Ulanbaatar in 2007 and have taught English for 4 years. I have received the silver medal in the English Olympics of all foreign language teachers in Umnugobi in 2009. In my free time, I have worked as tour guide. Since 2013, I have worked as an interpreter for an infrastructure development project funded by Asian Development Bank. Apart from my commitment to my community, my husband and I have 2 children.

Battuul's father in law joined the opening celebration in his traditional suite
Battuul’s father in law joined the opening celebration in his traditional suite

Battuul, why did you choose the name “Global Passport Center” and the logo for your learning center?
Creating and selecting the right name took me around two years of reflection. “Global” refers to our 21st century where the world should be accessible for everyone. “Passport” refers to English skills that provide an access to foreign countries and discoveries. On August 2013, I finally opted for this name and then I thought I would need a logo to brand my future business.
An elderly teacher helped me to design my logo according to the name Global Passport Center and my inspirations. The logo contains clouds because clouds have no frontiers and can go everywhere, the yellow colour refers to education.

Looking back at your preparations for the success of the opening of the learning center, what was the most difficult challenge?
I started to think about opening this learning center in 2009! The most difficult thing was to go through a lot of ideas and reflexions with my husband and family to define a common project and to really take the decision to realize it!

Now you will have some rest. What will you do next Monday morning and what will be the most important task for you this next week?
Next Monday morning I will do a list of the things I have to do next. And the most important challenge will be to teach my first class. I am really excited!

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