News from Zavkhan, Arvaikheer, and Bulgan

Creative Writing Competition in Bulgan
Students writing their essays for the Creative Writing Contest

After the long, cold winter, our learning centers in Mongolia welcome the spring with a row of activities and courses. In this post you read the latest news from the learning centers in Zavkhan, Arvaikheer and Bulgan.

While the Head of Learning Centers have been busy with preparing their students for entrance and graduate examination taking place in June all over Mongolia, they still found the time to organize their annual spring competitions at the learning centers (read more below).

Maralmaa, Head oft he Learning Center in Bulgan visited the learning center in Arvaikheer for one week to share experiences with the local staff. Maralmaa participated in 36 hours of English lessons. She furthermore took part in preparing lessons plans and materials and giving English demonstration classes. Maralmaa summarized her week in Arvaikheer as the following: “After all I am so happy that I got the chance to experience everyday life at the learning center in Arvaikheer and to work closely with Uugantsetseg, who is a very skilled, successful teacher. I have been facing different challenges in teaching English because of my lack of experience. Now, I am confident to work on it and how to improve myself.”

In April, our learning center in Zavkhan organized its annual creative writing competition with the help of foreign volunteers. More than 150 students participated being divided into three groups covering grades 6/7, 8/9 and 10/11. The three winners in each group got gold, silver and bronze medals and books.

Team of the Creative Writing Competition in Bulgan
The staff for the Creative Writing Competition in Bulgan Library

During competition, the students had to write essays about the following themes:
6-7th grade: If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and what would you do?
Pretend that you have been shrunk down to the size of an ant for a day. What do you do and see?
8-9th grade: If you were elected president, what would you do on your first day in office?
You’ve been in a coma for 30 years. You wake up in the year 2044. Describe what the world is like.
10-11th grade: Describe a custom or tradition in your country that you would like people from other countries to adopt.
You are one of the first settlers on Mars. You have lived there for one year. Write about your first year.

Also the learning center in Bulgan organized an English competition on April 17. The English Olympics had the motto “English Language – The Key to Development 2014”.

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