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September Newsletter, International Network for School Social Work

Wednesday, September 16, 2009




Electronic Newsletter September, 2009

Editor: Marion Huxtable

National Training for Education Social Workers in Mongolia

Munkhjargal, Bujgar - President, MASSW

and Erdenetsetseg, Tserenpuu - Officer, MASSW


History of Education Social Work in Mongolia

Social work, a relatively new profession in Mongolia, was first introduced to public schools

in 1997 when Save the Children UK, in collaboration with the Mongolian Child Rights Center

(MCRC), piloted a project “School Social Work” in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia. The

program was extended during the 1999-2000 school year, when Save the Children UK, Save the

Children Norway, MCRC and the Social Work Center at the State University of Teachers

prepared the first social workers to provide school services in three regions of the country. After

completing training, they received certification as education social workers. By April 2001, there

were 77 school social workers working in the schools. Now it is estimated that 630 education

social workers are employed in public and private schools throughout Mongolia. The title

“education social worker” is the one used in the Education Law.


The Training Program

To date there have been many kinds of training for education social workers, such as

vouchers, modules, certificate and tailor-made training, but training for all workers in the country

was never organized at the national level by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Finally a

national training program for education social workers took place in 21 aimags (administrative

unit) and 9 districts lasting from the 24th of June until the 7th of July 2009. It was financed by

the International Foundation “Catalitic” and arranged by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The aim of the training was to develop the knowledge, experience and skills of the

education social workers in order to work with the 6 year-old children who are to enroll in the

schools in the new academic year 2009–2010. Prior to the 2008-2009 school year children started

school at age 7, so the schools are preparing to work with 6 year-olds for only the second time.

To prepare for the national training program, the training team members developed a

handbook “Social Work Service”. The handbook contains five main parts including education


social work, development characteristics of 6 year-old children, education social work service and


Outcomes of the Training

The main outcomes of the training were that:

particularly basic skills and techniques for working with children

The social workers have been given the general knowledge and awareness of social work,

the schools

It was a good opportunity for the social workers to share their experiences of working in

at the schools and sent them to the Ministry, the Association and the Universities.

The social workers developed the following proposals regarding future social work service


Proposals sent to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science include:

services in the aimags and city districts

Appoint officers for professional supervision and evaluation of educational social work

education social workers

Provide for training of school directors to increase their knowledge and awareness of


Proposals for educational institutions preparing education social workers:

and neglect

Teach methods for working with abused children, including services for preventing abuse


Proposals for the Mongolian Association of School Social Work:

program and carrying out the new job description

Provide supervision and counseling to the education social workers on developing their

professional experience

Upgrade the journal “School Social Work Practice” so it will be a platform for sharing

Become involved in a working group on the issue of evaluating performance of educational

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social workers.

Work with the Ministry and the universities to organize further trainings
Teach psychological counseling techniquesImprove the quality of practicum supervision
Organize annual trainings with appropriate certificationProvide a professional rank for education social workersRecommendations regarding salaries and vacationsMake various amendments to the new job description


social work program. When the handbook was ready, 20 national trainees were prepared using

the contents of the handbook. Then, the national trainers organized and presented the training to

all education social workers from the aimags and city districts. Attendance was excellent with 560

social workers from 21 aimags and 9 districts participating. The work was done under the

supervision of Mrs. Kh. Ulziitungalag, professor, Department of Social Work, MSUE.


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