By Togtokhbayar Dorjpalam; Edited by Leanna
Some classroom pedagogies in Mongolian schools are outdated, focusing only on lecturing but not active participation. This is where the ‘Good Child’ program comes in. The teaching philosophy aims to teach children how to be respectful and develop good moral character.
This philosophy of teaching is being implemented in eight schools in this region through World Vision. Through teacher training, it introduces one-on-one time with each student to encourage positive and open relationships while assessing student’s needs, learning styles and behaviours.
The effect on the students has been positive. “When we come to class, we talk with our teachers openly,” says 13-year-old Batchimeg.
The young student is excited to share about her experience, as she has been part of this class for two years now. “We learn about forgiving others, being honest,” she continues.
Before the Good Child program began, Batchimeg was often teased by her fellow teens. “My classmates used to tease me nicknaming ‘shorty and ‘rosy cheeks’. I was so embarrassed. I didn’t have any confidence.”
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The one-on-one support, and focus on good and generous character, impacts the culture of the classroom. “Since we started studying in this class, my classmates are behaving better. We have many improvements, such as treating each other respectfully,” Batchimeg says.
“I learned many things from my teachers,” she continues. “I gained confidence learning that my shortness can be my advantage. Because of my height, I sit in front rows of class learning lessons without distraction.”
One teacher who has participated in the teacher training to promote this approach says, “I have seen my students’ character improving. My colleagues and I are working hard to continue teaching successfully.”