The “Promoting Inclusive Education for Every Last Child in Mongolia-2” project shares its results and experience

In 2021, Save the Children in Mongolia launched a three-year project, “Promoting Inclusive Education for Every Last Child in Mongolia-2” funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The national workshop “Inclusive Education” to share the results and experiences of the project was held on November 20-21, 2023, in Ulaanbaatar. The workshop was attended by 32 specialists in charge of inclusive education from aimag and district education departments.

In her opening speech Ms. Fumi Matsumoto, the Project Manager, said: “You will study the training modules on inclusive education developed by the consulting teams under our project. I would like you to share what you have learned in your communities.”

E. Chuluunkhishigt, Head of the Inclusive Education Department, General Authority for Education, presented the policy and activities on inclusive education and answered questions from the participants.The participants learned about the training modules “Inclusive Education: Training module for lower-secondary school teachers”, “Readiness program of children with special needs from primary to secondary grade” and “Methodology to Increase Parent Involvement in Children’s Learning”. They also familiarized themselves with the manual “Let’s learn together”, which explains the methodology of child and peer participation and advocacy.

On the second day of the workshop, the participants visited school No. 37 in Chingeltei district, school No. 63 in Khan-Uul district, school No. 79 and No. 55 in Bayanzurkh district and got acquainted with the project activities and experience in these schools, as well as visited development and rehabilitation centers for children with special needs.

A.Yerkegul, Head of the Training, Research and Methodology Division of the Department of Education and Science of Bayan-Ulgii province, said: “At today’s training, I learned about the education for children with special needs, how to deliver education in an accessible form using methods and programs that take into account the characteristics of each child, as well as expanded my knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework. I met experts from the consultant team who developed the guide and book on inclusive education produced by Save the Children and learned from them how to work with children with different needs.”

Also, D.Baatarkhuu, a specialist in charge of child development, protection, and inclusive education of the Department of Education and Science of Gobi-Altai province, shared his opinion on the workshop: “We visited the schools and got acquainted with the development rooms and learning materials for children with special needs, and how teachers work with the children. These schools have built and installed relaxation rooms, toilets, ramps, and auxiliary equipment for children with special needs. There are a lot of things to learn.”