An innovative campaign around quality education – using public buses and emails – is running in Mongolia from October until December. The campaign, organised by education trade unionists across Mongolia, takes place in the framework of Education International’s (EI) Unite for Quality Education campaign.
“Buses are the main form of public transport in Mongolia, so we chose three public transport buses to send a message to the Government,” said Jakhar Batzorig, President of EI’s national affiliate, the Federation of Mongolian Education and Science Unions (FMESU). “We produced stickers reading ‘Let`s invest in education first’ and stuck them on both sides of these buses.” The bus-sticker campaign started on 30 September and will run until 1 December.
The bus route goes through the city centre of the capital city Ulan Bator via the Parliament Building and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science’s neighbourhoods. A bus circles this route eight times daily and carries about 90,000 passengers.
Power of the written word
“The advocacy drive will also feature an email campaign: a message on quality education will be emailed out, on three occasions, to 50,000 people by FMESU,” said Batzorig.
His union also published 5,000 leaflets, which were delivered to 5,000 first graders and primary school students. The leaflets, aimed at pupils’ parents, contain a message promoting quality education.
In addition, FMESU published and delivered 1,000 copies of the newspaper, “Labour”, featuring Batzorig’s message to “Invest in the future, invest in teachers”.
The education union also organised a gala concert, as well as an exhibition of art pieces made by teachers, to demonstrate the talents of teachers and to enhance the teachers’ reputation among the public.
EI: Education funding a Government responsibility
EI commends its colleagues in Mongolia for their relentless efforts to advocate for access to free public quality education for all. “With strong public support and the acknowledgement of teachers’ professionalism and social value, the Mongolian Government should guarantee, as it is its responsibility, adequate funding for teachers, schools and the national education system,” said EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen.
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