In a decentralized organisation like BOOKBRIDGE it is very important to regularly meet everybody involved in the projects. This applies especially for Mongolia, a vast country with a very limited road network. On March 12-14 the staff of our Mongolian learning centers met in the learning center of Baganuur to see each other and exchange ideas and best-practices.
13 staff members participated in the training including Uuganaa from Arvaikheer, who just had a baby two months ago, and Elmina, her Australian volunteer working part-time at the learning center. Two staff members, Narantuya from Ulziit-Khoroo learning center and Ganchimeg from Zuunkharaa, were not able to participate due to health issues. But the rest came and had a great time.
For organizing the training we used new approaches: first, the training was planned and organized by the Heads of Learning Center, specifically Uugana and Khishgee from Baganuur. This way the Head of Learning Centers themselves trained their colleagues and not – as before – the Country Manager, Amarsaikhan Purev. Applying a different training model we wanted to build and increase the capacities of the learning centers staff, motivate them and reduce their workload. Second, the Heads of Learning Center and English teachers of the centers gave English demonstration classes to different groups of students while the other staff members observed them and gave feedback. This was a good chance to see the level of English teaching skills of the staff and get a sense for how much progress has been made during the past year and a half. After each class, the staff got together and reflected and shared comments as well as feedbacks on the class and the teacher´s performances. Tunga Munkhjargal from BOOKBRIDGE headquarter in Ulaanbaatar about the outcomes: “Wow! How much the skills of our teachers have improved for last about two years!”
Third, volunteer Elmina gave us a training on youth participation with very important key messages. The session included practical parts f.e. role plays. The training was facilitated by a person who have been working for several local and foreign organisations in fields of NGO management and marketing. The training session on stress management was conducted by a trainer from Baganuur Children Centre providing a good mix of theory and practical exercises.
To grow as a team, we had fun activities in the evenining including sport games, karaoke singing and sightseeing in the nearby area.