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About us

Since 1991, when the communist government fell and was replaced by a democratic form of government, the Mongolian population has gone through huge changes. The initial economic devastation left by the rapid change to free market economy has lingered until today, and has only in recent times been partially alleviated by development of the mineral resources of the country. Although the government has always placed a high value on literacy, the reality is that education has been one of the sectors that has suffered the most. Almost all schools are “hot seated” (teachers teach two full sessions per day, with the first group of scholars attending lessons in the morning session, and second group in the afternoon). This is exacerbated by the fact that many families are forced to send their older children out to work in the markets, on the streets or in nearby coal mines. Indeed, in some families, an older teenager is the only bread winner.

Although there have been some reforms, the Mongolian education system and philosophy is still rooted in communism, with lectures and rote learning being the main pedagogical approach from an early age. This has not historically produced creative and entrepreneurial students, and so most graduates end up competing for the few salaried jobs available, or leaving their profession and working at a lower salary in another environment.
A further complication is the rural education has largely collapsed, and there has been a flood of children into the cities to enter an already strained education infrastructure. Parents are often forced to sell their herds in order to pay for this, leaving them with little or no future income.

In this environment, Khuslen Education recognized that one of the most effective ways to break the poverty cycle is through education. Furthermore, we believe that the best thing for the future of the country is to produce free thinking, creative entrepreneurial students, who will eventually be able to form a core of job creation and development in the nation.

Since the start of the first kindergarten in 1991, we have had more than 400 students pass through the hands of our capable teachers. All of these children have been from severely disadvantaged families. The programme has been based on a contemporary child centered education philosophy, where creativity and free thinking is greatly encouraged, while at the same time the basic disciplines of mathematic and literary skills have been retained. Taking a holistic view, the teaching staff have engaged with the families of all the students, and have addressed health needs through regular clinics, as well as family and marriage counseling and courses. These children have been tracked throughout their subsequent education path, and have been found to be consistently ahead of their peers, and we have teacher reports of the children having high self confidence and enquiring minds.

An addition to the programme has been the Informal Education Center, in which children who have dropped out of the education system because of economic reasons are given an opportunity to study part time and achieve the minimum standards of the Mongolian education system. These children have in many cases been returned to the education system, or placed in vocational colleges to complete their education.