The dzud, an extreme winter disaster, affects children in Mongolia in many different ways, including the educational and psycho-social effects that warrant special concern. Children from nomadic families, who lost their cattle to the dzud and consequently have their livelihood strained, are forced to miss school to take care of the remaining cattle, and the absence make them fall behind in their schoolwork. There are other children who cannot return home to their families during winter break, and the psycho-social toll on them as they spend the long harsh winter in boarding houses affected their learning, too.

What we do?

In response to these situations, Save the Children with funding from the Japan Platform Fund (JPF) assists the children of these nomadic families with education allowance for children and supplementary classes to reduce the negative impact on their education. We are also aiming for developing capacity of Disaster Risk Reduction for the future.

Students are contacting their parents through landline phone the project enabled, Dornod aimag ©Save the Children
Students are contacting their parents through landline phone the project enabled, Dornod aimag ©Save the Children

Project cycle

Phase1. April – July 2016 Phase2. Aug 2016 – Feb 2017Phase3. Mar 2017 – Feb 2018

Target area: Arkhangai, Uvurkhangai

Arkhangai, Uvurkhangai, Dornod, Sukhbaatar Zavkhan, Arkhangai, Bayan-Ulgii, Dornod
  • Non-Food-Items to the most affected community students
  • Educational Support to children who are away from their home during harsh winter
  • Educational support to children, mainly from herder households. 
  • Strengthen DRR capacity at schools 
  • Education continuity with child-friendly environment 
  • Support for school-based DRR 

Current phase

Now, project targets 4 dzud affected aimags Arkhangai, Dornod, Zavkhan and Bayan-Ulgii focusing on:

1. Support for education continuity with child-friendly environment

  • Establish child-friendly learning environment,
  • Conduct compensatory classes 
  • Cash transfer for education items

2. Support for school-based DRR

  • Training on DRR and PFA focusing on children in emergency, and conduct school-based DRR activities