Mongolia: Good Governance
In the context of Mongolia, opening dialogue about the violation of human rights is often difficult. Both past tensions and the current anxious situation in the country mean that opening up current and acute topics is not often well received by society. Therefore education aimed towards raising awareness on human rights within the framework of the formal education system represents a unique opportunity to introduce this topic to the general public in Mongolia.
Schoolteachers often have a low awareness of human rights, democratic freedoms and minority rights. There is also a lack of teachers specialising in human rights education. The One World at Schools programme contributed towards changing the situation screening documentary concerning human rights films to school children.
One World in Mongolian schools
The current social situation in Mongolia is characterised by the high level of domestic violence, human trafficking and subsequent sexual exploitation within the country and abroad. This and other pressing matters are the objectives of our programme of using documentary films during school tuition intended for students as well as the secondary and trade school teachers. Its objective is to increase awareness of young people in human rights issues.
The students of the schools involved in the programme attend the screening of selected documentary films and participate in subsequent activities which generally take the form of discussions. The schools are provided with a DVD, manuals and worksheets. The teachers have the opportunity to participate in trainings and workshops where they can acquire methodology for human rights tuition and increase their factual knowledge. 20 schools from Bulgan, Darchan-Uul, Orkhon and Selenge aimags participated in the programme in 2012, with the participation of 1,500 students and 50 educators.
In 2013, 52 educators received training in the methodology of using documentary films and facilitating methods. A special education package with documentary films and additional didactic materials was created for teachers and subsequently distributed to all 52 teachers from 23 schools in Darkhan-Uul, Selenge, Orkhon a Bulgan aimags. Screenings of documentary films concerning with human rights was in 2013 attended by approximately 8,000 students. The first screenings in the newly established school film clubs were attended by approximately 520 students.
In 2014, the One World at Schools programme in Mongolia extended to Arkhangai, Uvurkhangai, Tuv, Gobi-Sumbe and Ulaanbaatar aimags. During the school year the teachers and the students between 14 to 19 from 20 different secondary and trade schools will newly participate in the activities.
On the basis of the wealth of experience with the One World organization at Czech, Lebanese, Armenian, Georgian and other foreign schools People in Need expect that introducing human rights topics into the school curriculum will in the long-term view lead to greater participation of young people in the functioning of civil society.