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Tusgal School Keeps Shining during the COVID-19 Pandemic
February 23, 2021

 The academic year from 2019 to 2020 was a tough year for the school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which deeply disrupted our everyday operations. Since January 27, the Mongolian government imposed a lockdown and all educational institutions were required to run its activities in a non-classroom setting. The decision continued until August 30. 


Beginning the second week of February 2020, the school relayed all information to parents regarding the virtual lessons prepared by the government. By March 1, the school staff had successfully managed to transfer to teaching online. Teachers used Google class, Facebook group messenger, ZOOM, and Google drive to post their lessons online. The academic office paid special attention to the quality of all virtual lessons. Everything was organized promptly. While working online, all teachers and staff communicated with each other regularly through online conferencing applications. 


During the second and third quarters of the academic year from 2019 to 2020, the teachers of Tusgal School prepared and taught a total of 647 online classes. The decision to loan laptops to five of the teachers during this difficult time proved to be timely and important. The school plans to continue this practice in the future and loan laptops to another five teachers. Commitment has already been made by the school administration to provide the teachers with technical equipment crucial to their professional development.

In the academic year from 2019 to 2020, seventy-two students were awarded scholarships and financial assistance worth 39 million tugriks (about 14,000 USD), whereas for the academic year from 2020 to 2021 sixty-one students were granted scholarships and financial assistance worth 30 million tugriks (about 10,000 USD). Additionally, due to the difficulties caused by the coronavirus outbreak, parents were able to receive a 20% discount for half-year payments for the academic year 2019 to 2020, For this year’s tuition, former students have not been subjected to an increased payment. 

In order to enhance the educational program, the school provides opportunities that will help students to recognise their hidden talents, develop their skills and discover their strengths. The school runs ten different kinds of clubs that have been especially adjusted to students’ needs and interests. These include aerobics, piano, guitar, clarinet, table tennis, English, etc. 

Moreover, throughout the course of a year, the school organizes four to seven different kinds of extracurricular activities that cover topics, such as health, ethics, Mongolian customs, Mongolian language, Mathematics and English. These activities are organized by the initiative of the school staff and the students themselves. 

Each year, the success of Tusgal School teachers and students has been recognized not only within the local district but also the whole city of Ulaanbaatar. We praise the Lord for what He has done through the teachers and students. 

At the start of last school year, the school was recognized as the top school in Chingeltei District. This school year, the school was recognized for the following achievements:

Two teachers were awarded the “Senior Educator” award by Ulaanbaatar Office of Education

One teacher was awarded the “Certificate of Honour” by the Mongolian Teachers’ Association

Three teachers were awarded the title of “Excellence” for their teaching methodology

Three teachers were awarded by the Tusgal School administration for their teaching methodology

One teacher was recognized as an “Honourable Teacher” by the Association of Private Primary and Secondary Schools

One teacher was awarded the “Top Teacher” award by the Association of Private Primary and Secondary Schools

In 2019, the school principal, Ms. Otgontuya Tserenpil, was invited to participate in the Brazilian business forum to introduce the school. This event was an opportunity to share experience and to network. At the end of the forum, a proposal was made to collaborate with Brazil Adventist University (UNASP) Campus 3. That means students from Tusgal School will be able to study at UNASP with a 100% scholarship. Now we must only wait for the pandemic situation to be mitigated. 

Since its establishment in 2009, Tusgal School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, has been doing its best to offer Adventist education. Of the total of about 170 students in this school year, 26% of them are children from Adventists families, studying at the primary and secondary levels of the school. During the COVID-19 pandemic, 50 students left the school to study in public schools for free. However, 40 new students have enrolled at the school. 

Principal Otgontuya Tserenpil says, “In the future we will continue to focus on expanding our network, building our foreign relations, improving our academic environment and educating Mongolian children with positive attitudes, keen intelligence and an international outlook.” These are all planned in the context of offering an education with the Adventist philosophy of education that uplifts Christ as the center of all aspects of the school.

 

Reported by 

Richard Sabuin, NSD Education Director

Otgontuya Tserenpil, Tusgal School Principal