ULAANBAATAR, June 21, 2012 – Save the Children Japan and the World Bank today announced the signing of a grant of US$ 2.5 million to support primary education in rural Mongolia. The grant, funded by the Japan Social Development Fund and managed by the World Bank, will help Mongolia improve the education outcomes of primary school children in the rural disadvantaged communities.
The project will help the most vulnerable nomadic children aged 6-10 years. They often face challenges in adjusting to school/dormitory-life – an adjustment that plays a crucial role in the children’s overall development. With its unique focus on school preparedness and transition of lower primary age nomadic children in the most remote settlements, the project will help them achieve better educational outcomes and will reduce the number of children who drop out of school.
Save the Children Japan will implement the project by promoting and piloting various community-based, culturally appropriate innovative initiatives in improving the education services and facilities at local level, and in mobilizing the parents and community stakeholders.
The key development outcomes expected by end of the four-year project period will include: improvements in nomadic children’s access to education, in their learning achievements, in completion of primary education, and reduction in the number of school drop outs and out of school children in the target provinces.