Mongolia: Education and practical skills

Mongolia: Education and practical skills

Under the Czech Development Agency programme for sending Czech educators to developing countries, People in Need coordinate cooperation between Czech and Mongolian universities. The main objective is to improve the quality of education on Mongolian universities so that their graduates are sufficiently prepared for the current needs of the country.

This exchange of expert knowledge takes place through courses of lectures, summer schools, study trips and mutual cooperation of Czech and Mongolian students and educators on expert research.

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Ongoing aid / Past aid programmes

Increasing the quality of education at the University of Ulaanbaatar

Increasing the quality of education at the University of Ulaanbaatar

Under this project, People in Need and Civil Engineering and Architecture Faculties of CTU in Prague are collaborating on the preparation of new education courses for the Mongolian Technical University MUST. The main focus is energy performance of buildings. Czech university educators regularly deliver lectures at Ulaanbaatar University and Mongolian educators make study trips to the Czech Republic. We also support other cooperation between students of MUST and CTU, for example in the form of consultations with the Czech educators concerning research studies.
University collaboration on understanding the interaction between the livestock and freely roaming cattle 

University collaboration on understanding the interaction between the livestock and freely roaming cattle 

People in Need are helping to enhance the quality of Mongolian university education in the area of livestock breeding and its relationship to farming freely roaming animals, which has so far been a fairly marginalized topic in the Mongolian expert community. Two prominent Mongolian institutions, the Mongolian Academy of Science (MAS) and Mongolian University of Agriculture (MULS) in cooperation with Czech Agricultural University (ČZU) are engaged in the project. One of the main events is a summer school in Mongolia which is attended every year between 40 to 50 students and educators. The main focus of these summer schools and related activities is primarily to understand the interaction between enclosed pasture and  management of freely grazing cattle. The participants aspire to close interconnection of the two approaches which so far have been studied only separately.   
Support of secondary vocational education in the fields of agriculture and the processing industry

Support of secondary vocational education in the fields of agriculture and the processing industry

The of agricultural and processing industry vocational education programme was started as a reaction to the high unemployment rate in northern Mongolia which was the result of insufficient coordination of vocational programmes offered with the demand on the local labour market. For instance, schools do not offer enough courses that are directly applicable in the region (for example woodworking and forestry) and they also have only dated equipment which reduces the degree to which acquired skills are applicable in professional practice (for example, the agricultural mechanization course uses machinery dozens of years old is taught). New vocational departments spring upthat try to react to the local conditions but they lack the necessary quality. 
        
To improve the situation, People in Need supported vocational and secondary schools and provided financial and expert support directed at modernization and creation of new study departments.  These cover mainly education of forestry and woodworking, crop and animal production, agriculture mechanic and the cooking/baking trade. The objective was to change the system of education in a way it would reflect the demand of the labour market and the development as yet unused potential of the region. 
                                                                                                                    
In 2012 PIN helped to establish a new forestry department in Sukhbaataru and a department of agricultural mechanization at the vocational school Zuunkharaa in Selenge Aimag . Studies at new school departments were launched for the school year 2013 to 2014, with the first students taking their places behind their desks on 1st September 2013.

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