Mongolian BOOKBRIDGE team kicked off the new year with its All-Staff-Training hosted by Community Hero Battuul Alexander and English teacher Munkherdene at their learning center in Dalanzadgad, Mongolia. The 17 participants included not only the Community Heroes of our existing 12 learning centers but also new Community Hero Narangarav from Middle Gobi Province, two new English teachers from Chinggis learning center and BOOKBRIDGE fellow Rajat.
The training was held for three days. The first day was filled with sessions related to the vision and strategy of the learning centers by 2020. Community Heroes and teachers made group discussions and presented the outcomes to all. The second half of the day was dedicated to community projects. Local Peace Corps Volunteers Chloe, Sam and Jessica facilitated the session and shared with us their community project ideas based on what they have seen in Mongolia and what is applicable to our learning centers. The staff was inspired with new ideas and felt confirmed in what they do already in their communities. In the last session of the day Community Hero Uugantsetseg “Uuganaa” Gantumur from learning center Arvaikheer shared her methods for entrance exam preparation courses as most of the staff wanted to learn about it.
Day two was fully occupied with mock lessons. Four of our English teachers taught mock lessons to students from grads 7 – 12: Buyandelger and Munkherdene, two of the youngest teachers taught in beginner-intermediate level whereas Uugantsetseg and Ankhiluun, two of our most experienced teachers, taught in advance level. After the lessons all teachers, Rajat, Amar (BOOKRIDGE Country Manager for Mongolia) and Tunga (Country Manager Assistant) gave feedback to the teachers. The feedback was very constructive and the whole session was very fruitful to our teachers. It was very emotional especially for the younger teachers as it was their first time being evaluated from experienced teachers.
The third day was facilitated by fellows Rajat (topic “communications”) and Maggie. Maggie took a survey among the English teachers in order to evaluate the English course quality at the learning centers. Maggie also presented the student’s centered teaching style and ended her session with a role play with all participants. New Community Hero Narangarav, whose learning center will open in September, shared with us an entertaining presentation about children’s right. Narangav has been working at the local Children and Family Development Center for seven years.
The training was held both in Mongolian and English. Beside the sessions the participants could discuss their ideas, challenges and future action plans. The spirit of the team is amazing with growing member number. We from BOOKBRIDGE team Mongolia see a team with a lot of potential, very capable Community Heroes and dedicated teachers yet many challenges.
A big thank you to to all participants and facilitators for their contribution to make the training successful!
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