Getting herder and families and communities ready for school
A lifelong learning approach
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2015–2030 recognize lifelong learning as an essential part of mainstream quality education. In the 1990s, Mongolia introduced non-formal education (NFE) to extend educational access for out-of-school and school dropout children and youth, and illiterate and low-educated adults. Now known as the Lifelong Education (LLE) system, it continues to be narrowly envisioned as a remedial component, rather than a core component, of the education sector. The country is yet to garner the potential of LLE to reach even young children in remote herding communities. Innovative LLE approaches such as fostering family and communitycentred learning for school readiness can help overcome Mongolia’s urban-centred bias to early childhood education.