New Study Recommends Key Actions to Improve Early Childhood Education in Mongolia

Rabia Ali, Moukim Temourov, Takiko Igarashi, World Bank, Mar 30, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There's a lot of interesting reading in this World Bank study on early childhood education (ECE) in Mongolia (113 page PDF). The summary article doesn't do it justice. Mongolia has made great strides in recent years, but gaps remain, especially among poorer and more rural populations. In rural communities, access is provided through a ger-kindergarten (using a traditional yurt (from the Turkic languages) or ger (Mongolian)). Because of issues with access, spending in education thus far tends to favour the welathy more than the poor.  Not mentioned in the summary is that the report calls for greater private sector involvement in several areas, which seems to me to be the World Bank repeating its past mistakes.

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