Hello Everyone! I’m Uuganaa Gantumur, and I’ve been the manager of the BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center in Arvaikheer, Mongolia for 6 years. As an English teacher and Scouts leader, I’ve been working hard for the young people in my community. Coordinating the BOOKBRIDGE activities isn’t always an easy job, but so far it’s been amazing to see my students’ knowledge grow so quickly. They’re improving much faster than I could ever have imagined!
I’d like to share an interesting story about one of my BOOKBRIDGE students. A while ago, a boy came to me with a strong desire to improve his English skills. His name is Ulziijargal, and he was a ninth grade student at the time. He enrolled in weekly language classes, and over the past three years, I’ve witnessed his commitment to learning firsthand. He is a hard worker, and I often find him devouring books from the BOOKBRIDGE library.
Ulziijargal reminds me of why BOOKBRIDGE is so important for young people in Mongolia: Last year, he was awarded for reading 90 books in one year! This is not the only recognition Ulzii has received for his English language skills. He has earned a few awards for high scores on the Mongolian English Olympics, and he also took first place (out of 1,015 students) at the aimag level Entrance Exam (for university).
Now Ulzii is attending the Mongolian National University in Ulaan Baatar. During his summer holiday, he worked as a tour guide. A few weeks ago, he visited me and gave me a book called “Chonon Suld”. He had bought it with his own salary and wanted to donate the book to the BOOKBRIDGE library. “Thank you so much for teaching me English,” Ulziijargal told me. “With the gift of English that you gave me, I’m now able to work as an interpreter.”
I was so happy to hear these words from a beloved student. I told Ulziijargal how happy I was for him and wished my smart boy a bright future. Teaching is an amazing job that I gladly give my whole heart to!