The project has been successfully implemented and competed by December 2013. The only remaining activity is completion of the project final audit.
Below are the main highlights of the project:
" 22 master trainers have been trained by the Mongolian Education Alliance, the project consulting entity, in 2010. In total 391 daycare workers and caregivers participated in the training held at the aimag level.
" The second phase of the refresher teacher training module was developed by late 2012, and 22 local master trainers from the project areas were trained. The refresher teacher training was organized for 160 teachers and assistant teachers of ger-kindergartens in 2013. The MEA also conducted the first module of training for parents. The second module will be delivered in August 2013.
" Healthy food for kindergarten's children training for cooks and principals was conducted by Health for New Society NGO. 150 cooks and principals of ger-kindergartens got involved in the training.
" Cognitive development toys and a mini-library with 96 kinds of books were provided to the project ger-kindergartens. CDs with fairy tales and children's songs were duplicated and disseminated to the kindergartens and caregivers. MECS approved PIU's proposal of providing additional necessary items to existing 76 ger-kindergartens. Budget estimates and technical specifications of items to procure were approved by MECS. Contract was awarded to the supplier of children's toys for additional 60 ger-kindergartens. MECS decided to provide 99 kinds of books for additional 60 ger kindergartens, and selection is being reviewed by ADB.
" The EA/PIU developed the ECE program/model to operate ger-kindergartens for extended period of 9 months. The ger-kindergartens have been delivered in summer 2012 starting the implementation of the model. Totally 76 ger-kindergartens along with equipments, appliances and a mini-library were supplied to the target areas. 75 ger-kindergartens have been established enrolling 1,917 children. Unfortunately, the ger-kindergarten of in Khishig-Undur sum of Bulgan aimag was burnt down because of an electricity wire issue. In order to increase the ECE enrollment, the MECS decided to set-up additional 60 ger- kindergartens in the project areas. The procurement of Mongolian gers and goods for new ger-kindergartens have been completed.
" 10,000 pieces of handbooks for parents were printed and delivered to 76 ger-kindergartens and other stakeholders. 10,000 pieces of CDs with fairy tales and children's songs were duplicated and disseminated. A guideline of media campaign was approved by MECS. Within the framework of the campaign 6 types of short television advertisements and 2 types of TV spots were produced. Advertisements and TV spots are being aired on Mongolian National Broadcaster. TV live discussion is planned to be held in August 2013.
" Training on ECE policy and planning was conducted in 4 aimags with 173 participants including local authorities and ECE specialists. Guideline for administrative personnel of ECE was printed and disseminated. Capacity building strategy for ECE teachers was developed by PP consultant and submitted to MECS.
" The project developed and submitted draft amendment to the law on Preschool Education. The regulation on alternative ECE, developed by the project consultants, was approved by MECS in November 2012. The project team submitted a draft regulation on School Readiness Assessment to MECS for approval.
" Alternative ECE curriculum for the pilot program was approved by MECS and is being piloted at the project ger-kindergartens. The curriculum was published and distributed to the teachers and parents. The curriculum will be revised in the third quarter of 2013, and piloted at the new ger-kindergartens to be provided by 3rd quarter of 2013.
" The project printed the National Standard for ECE and Child Development for distributon to all kindergartens nationwide.
" Guideline and methodology of school readiness assessment were developed. The Project team conducted the first assessment in target areas. 329 children aged 3-5 years old were surveyed. Overall result was consolidated. Assessment result indicates that general development of children who are enrolled in project ger-kindergartens is 13% higher than children who are not enrolled in kindergartens at all.