About the project
The Mongolian Development Centre (MDC) was established in 1993 to empower individuals, institutions, and local communities in the country through programs centered on education and development. MDC’s early childhood development program began in 2000 and is rooted in the conviction that every child is created noble and endowed with innate capacities and potential. As part of the program, a character development curriculum was created to nurture moral reasoning in children between three and five years of age, emphasizing service to humanity.
How we help
Mona Foundation believes that teacher training and continuous learning is at the core of learning of teaching and learning, particularly in the early years of life. For this reason, Mona has been supporting the Mongolian Development Center early childhood education program for the past eight years. We are now beginning to see how early childhood education is being transformed and practiced in Mongolia. The following quote from one of the teachers who participated in the training program is illustrative:
“First of all we need to change our mindset. We have many things which we know but never put into action. I learnt many skills and methods such as how to help children become active member of the society and how to correctly work each individual child, and ways of encouragement and conversing with them. This training is real encouragement for new teachers who have just started working as teachers. The training was very different that other trainings which we participated. For example, all teachers were able to participate and that it helped us to learn to work as teams. I was inspired to learn more and I will work hard to become a better teacher.”
The course materials are called, “Hidden Gems.” It provides character development material at three levels focusing on moral capabilities. The material includes children’s workbooks, a teacher’s manual, parents’ manual, display material with quotations and pictures illustrating moral capabilities and a CD of songs and stories.
Teachers study materials called, “‘The Teacher as a Model” and “Encouraging Children and Bringing Joy to their Hearts.” They also meet with parents during trainings to find out their views on the role of teachers as models for the children.
“Educating our Children” is a training course for parents, which helps them understand that moral education is fundamental to all branches of education and to reflect on their attitudes and practices in the education and discipline of their children. Facilitator’s training courses were organized for 72 teachers from six localities, and each planned a Parents Training for their own kindergartens.
One little kindergartener lives in an orphanage. Recently her caregiver from the orphanage met with her teachers and shared the following story. “Every day when she comes home from school she calls together every child and shares quotes, stories, songs and poems related to good behavior. This sharing has become a habit. Now everyone eagerly waits for her to return and share what she learned from school.”
The caretaker asked what kind of lessons the teacher uses and, if possible, to get some of the materials. The teachers happily conversed with her about the Hidden Gems curriculum and gave some relevant materials to her to have and use.
Served 1,725 kindergarteners of whom 60% were girls.
Trained 205 teachers with continuing education and created spaces for reflection where they share challenges and creative solutions.
Trained 1,610 parents to reinforce learning at home. Teachers successfully thought of creative ways to get both fathers and mothers to the trainings.
Trained 23 Principals of Kindergartens from 5 localities. These trainings elevated their understanding of the program and the concept of human nature was discussed.
Visited and monitored progress in 148 classes in 30 kindergartens in 6 provinces.
“Hidden Gems” science curriculum implemented!
2019 Project Goals
- 5,429 students will be enrolled in the Hidden Gems Character Development program and 60 children to attend the Hidden Gems Science curriculum
- Conduct reflection meetings for parents’ training facilitators to evaluate and monitor the impact of the program.
- Train 115 teachers in 5 localities in offering the curriculum.
- Train teachers to conduct trainings for 1,050 parents
- Invite 30 Principals from 5 localities for further training.