Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia — On September 9, 2012, through the sponsorship of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and in partnership with the Mongolian Ministry of Education and Science (MES), the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), and the Mongolian State University of Education (MSUE), a kickoff meeting for the “Sustainable use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for Improving the Quality of Primary Education in Mongolia” project was held at the MES Building.
This gathering assembled education sector leaders and development professionals such as:
- Mr. L. Gantumur – MES Minister
- Mr. Isogai – JICA Mongolia Country Director
- Mr. GC Chang – UNESCO Bangkok Policy Reform Unit Chief
- Prof. Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi – Tokyo Tech Project Leader
- Ms. B. Nasanbayar, Director, Strategy, Policy and Planning Department
- Mr. Erdenchemig – Director, Strategy, Policy Implementation Department
- Mr. Luvsanjamts-Director, Internal Auditing & Monitoring, Evaluation Department
- Mr. Lkhagvasuren – Officer, Internal Auditing & Monitoring, Evaluation Department
- Prof. Tsedevsuren – MSUE Head of Undergraduate Education
- Prof. Sukhbaatar – Vice President of the Institute of Finance and Economics
- Prof. Bat-Erdene – Newcom Group Consultant / MES State Secretary
- Ms. L. Orgilmaa – Project Coordinator
- Directors of the 22 Aimag (Provincial) Education Culture Directors in Mongolia
This meeting marks a major milestone in the just started 5-year JICA funded grassroots project which hopes to improve the ability of all primary school teachers in Mongolia to use, create, and integrate ICT into their own lessons.
During the kickoff meeting, a diverse number of topics were discussed. Mr. GC Chang highlighted how the education systems are changing in our world today and also the implications of these changes in how we teach. As to Mongolia’s education policies, Mr. Lkhagvasuren highlighted key education development policies in the country and touched specifically about those relating to ICT in education. Lastly, Mr. Tsedevsuren updated everyone on the state of ICT in the Mongolian education sector, highlighting some key statistics such as the average number of computers per secondary school, which is currently 23, as well as current ICT projects undergoing in the sector.
Several presentations about the project was also made during the meeting. Prof. Bat-Erdene gave an overview about the history of collaboration between Yamaguchi-Takada Lab and the Mongolian education sector, specifically highlighting the two phases prior to this current project, which was funded by the Japan Ministry of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Prof. Yamaguchi then followed with an overview of the project and also highlighted the five major outputs of this initiative. Finally, Prof. Sukhbaatar introduced the organization of the Aimag level competition, which is the next stage of the project and will be conducted at the regional level in 2013.
Towards the end of the kickoff meeting, all the Education and Culture Directors of all Aimags (provinces) signed a sub-contract for their participation and support of regional activities of this project.
This kickoff meeting was an overall success with high hopes for a successful project implementation in the years to come.