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Alumni and U.S embassy continue rural education outreach to Gobi

From our previous issues, our read-ers will remember that in spring 2011, the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy conducted two educa-tional outreach trips to seven Ai-mags of Mongolia: Darkhan-Uul, Orkhon, Bulgan, Khentii, Dornod, Dornogobi and Sukhbaatar. These two trips were the first rural educa-tional outreach trips conducted in many years. In order to give the audience more realistic information about our scholarship programs and give them a realistic understanding about America, we often invite our program alumni and our American Fulbright teaching assistants to ac-company us on these trips.

Lecture at Omnogobi secondary school

Both during and after our trips, it was easy to see how much the people of these areas appreciated having us visit their town; hearing about our programs and meeting our American teachers. Many of them said that America and the American Embassy to them were something very distant and they never considered the possibility of participating in our scholarship programs. Our trips helped them to understand about not only scholarships, but also about the overall activities of the Embassy. Therefore, it was gratifying to see many applications coming from such places as Sukhbaatar and Dornogobi after our trip for our scholarships. Encouraged by these successes, the Public Affairs Section again conducted a week-long educational out-reach trip to Ovorkhangai, Omnogobi and Dundgobi in early November. On this trip, we were accompanied by two alumni, one experienced Humphrey alumna and one youth alumnus of Intensive English program, and four of our 2011 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants. On this trip, we traveled over 1770 kms and visited more than eight schools and local vocational training centers and colleges and held over 20 meetings with local education department officials, media, employees of mines, Peace Corps Volunteers, and the general public.

The local teachers and the public were very appreciative of the opportunity to meet our alumni and hear about their personal experi-ence of learning about the scholarship, applying for it and going through the selection process and finally to see their photos and hear their accounts of studying and living in America. It was evident that everywhere we went, people were inspired and encouraged by our alumni and many of the ques-tions we received after our talks were for them. These trips often have an educational importance for our Ameri-can ETAs as well as they see more of Mongolian life and culture outside Ulaanbaatar and meet many different people. This time it was a special privilege for us to visit the Tavantolgoi and the Oyutolgoi mines in Omnogobi and meet their employees and talk about our scholarships. As mining is becoming the primary economic force/field in Mongolia, it is impor-tant to reach out to the professionals in this field and inform them about the scholarship opportunities that we can offer. At Oyutolgoi more than 70 people came to attend our evening lecture; even though it meant taking time from their much desired rest time. They expressed much interest in our programs and the presentation by our Humphrey program alumna Dr. Odnoo was most warmly received and inspired many questions. It was re-warding to note that people were interested in all of our programs and to see parents writing down informa-tion about our undergraduate pro-grams for their children.

Everywhere we went, we saw people from rural areas welcome collabora-tion and outreach from us and our alumni. The ETAs alike found these trips to be a very rewarding experience. At many of the schools we visited, it was hard to leave the classrooms as the students so enjoyed meeting our ETAs and having a class taught by them. Indeed, when they asked if the students had any questions from a 5th grade, they all said in unison “when will you come again?” In Ovorkhangai, we visited a school for the blind and the hearing impaired. This currently is the only such school outside Ulaanbaatar and they had students from neighboring aimags. At the school, the students treated us to a surprise concert prepared and performed by them in one of their classrooms. After the concert our alumni and ETAs had so much fun playing Simon Says and telling Halloween stories and presenting the students the gifts donated by the Embassy staff. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our two alumni Dr. Odnoo Brown and our youth alumnus Amartuvshin who despite their busy work and studies accompanied us on this week-long trip to help spread the word out about opportunities to study in America to the people of the countryside.

ETAs Allison and Anja and embassy staff Uyanga.E doing an outreach at an Omnogobi kindergarten

From our previous issues, our readers will remember that in spring 2011, the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy conducted two educa-tional outreach trips to seven Aimags of Mongolia: Darkhan-Uul, Orkhon, Bulgan, Khentii, Dornod, Dornogobi and Sukhbaatar. These two trips were the first rural educational outreach trips conducted in many years. In order to give the audience more realistic information about our scholarship programs and give them a realistic understanding about America, we often invite our program alumni and our American Fulbright teaching assistants to ac-company us on these trips. Both during and after our trips, it was easy to see how much the people of these areas appreciated having us visit their town; hearing about our programs and meeting our American teachers. Many of them said that America and the American Embassy to them were something very distant and they never considered the possi-bility of participating in our scholar-ship programs. Our trips helped them to understand about not only scholarships, but also about the overall activities of the Embassy. Therefore, it was gratifying to see many applications coming from such places as Sukhbaatar and Dornogobi after our trip for our scholarships. Encouraged by these successes, the Public Affairs Section again conducted a weeklong educational outreach trip to Ovorkhangai, Omnogobi and Dundgobi in early November. On this trip, we were accompanied by two alumni, one experienced Humphrey alumna and one youth alumnus of Intensive English program, and four of our 2011 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants. On this trip, we traveled over 1770 kms and visited more than eight schools and local vocational training centers and colleges and held over 20 meetings with local education department officials, media, employees of mines, Peace Corps Volunteers, and the general public.

The local teachers and the public were very appreciative of the opportunity to meet our alumni and hear about their personal experience of learning about the scholarship, applying for it and going through the selection process and finally to see their photos and hear their accounts of studying and living in America. It was evident that everywhere we went, people were inspired and encouraged by our alumni and many of the ques-tions we received after our talks were for them. These trips often have an educational importance for our American ETAs as well as they see more of Mongolian life and culture outside Ulaanbaatar and meet many different people. This time it was a special privilege for us to visit the Tavantolgoi and the Oyutolgoi mines in Omnogobi and meet their employees and talk about our scholarships. As mining is becoming the primary economic force/field in Mongolia, it is impor-tant to reach out to the professionals in this field and inform them about the scholarship opportunities that we can offer. At Oyutolgoi more than 70 people came to attend our evening lecture; even though it meant taking time from their much desired rest time. They expressed much interest in our programs and the presentation by our Humphrey program alumna Dr. Odnoo was most warmly received and inspired many questions. It was re-warding to note that people were interested in all of our programs and to see parents writing down informa-tion about our undergraduate pro-grams for their children.

Everywhere we went, we saw people from rural areas welcome collabora-tion and outreach from us and our alumni. The ETAs alike found these trips to be a very rewarding experi-ence. At many of the schools we vis-ited, it was hard to leave the class-rooms as the students so enjoyed meeting our ETAs and having a class taught by them. Indeed, when they asked if the students had any ques-tions from a 5th grade, they all said in unison “when will you come again?” In Ovorkhangai, we visited a school for the blind and the hearing im-paired. This currently is the only such school outside Ulaanbaatar and they had students from neighboring ai-mags. At the school, the students treated us to a surprise concert pre-pared and performed by them in one of their classrooms. After the concert our alumni and ETAs had so much fun playing Simon Says and telling Halloween stories and presenting the students the gifts donated by the Em-bassy staff. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our two alumni Dr. Odnoo Brown and our youth alumnus Amartuvshin who despite their busy work and studies accompa-nied us on this week-long trip to help spread the word out about opportuni-ties to study in America to the people of the countryside.

 
 
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