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Hand over of Ger kindergarten to Khuvsgul province

Murun, Khuvsgul province, 4 November 2012 – The period under six years of age is considered to be the most important phase of human development, and also lays the foundation for future development of an individual. Surveys show that if children in this age category get adequate educational services, the prerequisites are created for them to successfully master the subsequent stages of education. In the 2011 – 2012 academic year, 79 percent of 2-5 year old children in Khuvsgul aimag received preschool education from two main forms - regular kindergartens and alternative training programs of preschool education. Almost half of these children, 37 percent, received their preschool education services from the alternative training programs such as mobile ger-kindergartens and visiting teacher services. This statistic shows that Khuvsgul aimag is experienced in expanding Early Childhood Education (ECE) services by giving access to children from remote areas. With the support of UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and Science has been successfully implementing the “Early Learning and Development Standards” (2010) and the “Curriculum for alternative training program of preschool education” (2008-2011) nation-wide with mobile ger-kindergartens and visiting teacher services playing the lead role. UNICEF is working towards establishing a “Child Friendly Community” model in Khuvsgul aimag in cooperation with local authorities, NGOs, and local residents and children for the period from 2012 to 2016. The notion of a child friendly community promotes child friendly governance, plus family and child friendly social services for children. This year UNICEF is handing over 18 gers, plus 20 sets of toys and furniture worth MNT 90 million to be used in 11 soums of Khuvsgul aimag - Tsagaan-Uul, Tarialan, Tsetserleg, Bayanzurkh, Renchinlkhumbe, Tsagaannuur, Tsagaan-Uur, Ulaan-Uul, Chandmani-Undur, Khankh, and Galt - in order to support early childhood education services by promoting its quality, efficiency and universal access. Ger-kindergartens will enable 180-220 children from remote soums and baghs access to quality early childhood education service. The ceremony of handing over the gers, furniture and toys to the ger kindergartens will be held at 14:00 – 15:15 hrs, on November 4, 2012 at Chingunjav square in Murun. UNICEF representatives along with local officials will take part in the event. About UNICEF For 61 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in over 150 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls, access to clean water and sanitation, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of governments, businesses, foundations and individuals.



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