Home-based school preparation program adopted throughout Mongolia

Home-based school preparation program adopted throughout Mongolia

The Home-based Early Childhood Development Program was approved by the Minister for Education, Culture, Sciences and Sports (MECCS) on August 2, 2018 (Ministerial Decree No. A/487).
The program offers a home-based alternative for children who are unable to attend ECE because they live in a remote area, because there are no spaces available in their local kindergartens, or are out-of-school for other reasons. They will now be able to prepare for school at home with their parents.
The adoption of the program follows the success of Save the Children’s pilot project “Improving Primary Education Outcomes for The Most Vulnerable Children in Rural Mongolia” conducted between 2012 and 2017 in 30 soums in Arkhangai, Dornod, Uvurkhangai and Sukhbaatar aimags. Over 4,000 five-years old herders’ children with little or no access to early childhood education (ECE) completed the Home-based School Preparation program with their parents’ help.

©Save the Children
©Save the Children

The project, financed by the World Bank and the Japan Social Development Fund and implemented by Save the Children together with MECCS, produced very positive results for children making the transition from home to school, leading to MECCS now scaling up national implementation of the program in Ulaanbaatar districts and 21 aimags.
A study by the World Bank found that the cognitive and language skills of children who completed the home-based school preparation program were better than those who had no access to ECE at all, and that ‘ger kindergarten’ was crucial to out-of-kindergarten children’s preparation for further learning and achievement.

“Quality education in the earliest years generates better health, less need for social services, lower criminal rates, and increased productivity,” said James Anderson, World Bank Country Manager for Mongolia.
©Save the Children
©Save the Children

The home-based school preparation program was introduced with toy and book mobile packages designed for pre-school aged children. The package consists of:

“My Book Library” package

Davaanyam Delgerjargal ©Save the Children
Davaanyam Delgerjargal ©Save the Children

“Parents are keen to help their children prepare for school at home but usually don’t know how to begin. In this program, parents learn to work with children for at least 20-30 minutes a day. The package provides guidelines on how to develop their children’s skills so their children can make a more confident start to school. After completing each package, the relationship between parents and children grows stronger which also helps children’s learning and development”, said Ts. Gereltuya, Save the Children’s Education Program Manager.

                                                                                                                                                  Delgermaa Altangerel ©Save the Children

For more information about the content and outcomes of the " Home-based school preparation program", please visit Save the Children’s webpage:


To watch the story of Uuriintsolmon who completed the program and now successfully studying at 5th grade, click on here.


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