Historical Milestones of the Mongolian-Russian Joint School

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Historical milestones of the Mongolian-Russian joint school The relatively short history of the Mongolian-Russian joint school is a clear reflection of the possibility of fruitful cooperation between Mongolia and Russia in the field of education. Adaptability of this cooperation to modern situations proves its viability and effectiveness.

In the early 1990s in Russia and Mongolia, there were developments to guide the development of these countries on the path of building a modern democratic political system and market economy. Despite the sharp curtailment of relations between the countries and a temporary cooling of Mongolian society to Russia, the minds of the Mongolian people historically preserved by the memory of good neighborhood relations between the Russian and Mongolian people has not disappeared. Neither has the understanding of the role of the Russian language, Russian culture and education in developing countries. Until the 1990s, 12 Soviet schools functioned in Ulaanbaatar. After their reorganization formerly school 14 was later changed to a school at the Russian Embassy in Mongolia for the children of Russian diplomats and Russian citizens permanently residing in Mongolia. The most far-sighted group of Mongolian intellectuals - parents of these children (L.Tsaschiher, Ch. Yadamsuren, T.Ochirhuu, A.Bazarhuu and others) considered the disruption of relations between Mongolia and Russia temporarily. They requested the establishment of Russian-language school in the city of Ulaanbaatar to the Ministry of Education and Science, who was at that time Ch.Urtnasan, justifying the urgency of the problem. Ch.Urtnasan asked the Ministry of Education of Russia to discuss the issue. Therefore a detailed study to resolve this issue a visit to Mongolia in July 1992 was necessary, the delegation composed of the Deputy Minister of Education Badmaev S.B. and the Minister for higher education and research institutions of the Republic of Buryatia in Russia Namsaraev S.D.. As a result of negotiations between the Minister of Education and Science Ch.Urtnasan and the Russian delegation agreed to establish a joint Mongolian-Russian school on the basis of the former Soviet school 3 and signed a preliminary protool that laid the foundations of a joint Mongolian-Russian School, which was opened on the 1st September, 1992. The deputy director on educational work of the school 23 with training in Russian, Zhambyn Soronzon - a graduate of the University of Irkutsk, a teacher of Russian language and literature was appointed as the principal of Mongolian-Russian joint school.

Educational activities of the school began in extremely difficult conditions. Besides buildings, desks and library collection of old textbooks from the Soviet school, there was nothing and the staff became a major issue as the fate of the school depended on them. At the beginning of the school year 8, teachers from school 23 and other Mongolian schools, as well as the Soviet teachers who stayed in Mongolia for personal reasons taught over 1000 children.

On the first of April in 1994, an agreement between the Ministry of education of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of science and education of Mongolia on the establishment of the Mongol-Russian school was approved. On the 17th of September in 1994 an agreement between the Ministry of education of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of education in cases of higher education and scientific institutions of the Republic of Buryatia, the Ministry of science and education Mongolia on the establishment of the Mongolian-Russian school was written. Due to this agreement, the Ministry of education and science of the Republic of Buryatia received the powers to represent the founder with the Russian side in the further working with the Mongolian side.

In 1994, the first graduates received certificates of Russian education. From 1995 teachers' salaries depended on the quality of education and the fulfillment of contractual obligations. As a result the school celebrated its fifth anniversary as competitive among public and private schools of advanced Russian educational institution in 1997. In 1999, with the opening of preparatory classes for 6 years old children, the school switched to continuous twelve-year training. In 2000, an independent system of knowledge assessment skills was introduced. From 2009 graduates transferred to final certification in the format of the unified state exam.