In Mongolia, all schools have been closed as preventive measures against COVID-19 since January 2020. Though schools reopened in September 2020, due to the spread of the virus, all schools and kindergartens were closed again from November 2020 up to now, impacting more than 900,000 students. One of the biggest concerns is to ensure continuity of education for all children during the closures.
The Ministry of Education and Science (MES), Government of Mongolia, and other development partners have implemented various activities and projects to secure health and education for children during this time, such as distance learning, a guidebook to support home-based learning, and the provision of materials for disinfection following the Contingency plan. A GPE grant of USD 70,000 in 2020 supported the related activities.
While the government and education stakeholders turned to online classes to ensure continued learning, some children were left behind: children with disabilities, from herder communities in rural areas, ethnic minorities and those who don’t speak the Mongolian language. They don’t have access to internet connections, devices and learning materials tailored to their specific needs during the pandemic.
Ensuring access to education for all children, regardless of their development level and geographical location, is one of the objectives of the Education Sector Mid-term Development Plan (2021-2030). To achieve this objective, equal and inclusive education services are actively promoted by all actors such as the government, development partners, and non-governmental organizations.