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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New President Elected in Mongolia

Sunday was especially quiet, even with the wonderful weather. The reason was it was election day.



Harvard graduate Elbegdorj Tsahia wins Mongolian election


by Zeev Rozen (Reuters)



From remote grasslands to the heart of the capital, Mongolians cast their ballots on Sunday to elect a new president
Mongolia has a new president. A man who has already served twice as prime minister, the US-educated opposition candidate defeated the incumbent who attended university in Britain in a close-run fight.



The presidential election in the huge country, with a population of just three million scattered across an area more than twice the size of France, means the Democratic Party candidate will take over the largely ceremonial post from the ex-communist Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party leader.



Results were still trickling in from remote gers and nomad settlements, but an official count gave Elbegdorj Tsahia, a graduate of Harvard, a lead of about 53.7 per cent over the incumbent, Nambaryn Enkhbayar, who attended Leeds University and translated Charles Dickens into Mongolian. The winner had campaigned on a theme of change and anti-corruption that appealed to urban voters.



The capital, Ulaanbaator, was quiet as President Enkhbayar conceded defeat, a year after disputed general elections set off rioting in which five people were killed and 300 injured. Officials appeared anxious to avoid a renewed outbreak of violence amid allegations of vote-rigging.



Bayar Sanjaa, an official with President Enkhbayar’s party, congratulated Elbegdorj:“We believe the election was conducted fairly. We accept the election result.” When Elbegdorj's Democrats lost in parliamentary elections last year, he alleged voting fraud by election committees, which are dominated by the ruling party. The vodka-fueled riot that followed was the worst outbreak of political violence since the 1990 overthrow of communism in the landlocked state, squeezed between Russia and China.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

New film about FPMT Mongolia

Just wanted to announce a new film that one of our volunteers, Egle, put together about FPMT Mongolia. It is a great documentary. She still needs to add titles/credits and add the Mongolian translation, but what she has done so far is nothing short of remarkable. Below is a three-minute condensed version she put together for CPMT, the gathering of FPMT International held in Lavour France last month. You might recognize the voice over as yours truly, Jim bagsh. [smile]





We're hoping to have a 'world premiere' of the full 25-minute documentary sometime before Nadaan, and before it is aired on Education TV here in Mongolia. So, look for your invitations in your mailbox soon.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mongolian Volunteer Organizations

Need something to do that really makes a difference? VOLUNTEER!



Below is a list of Mongolian Volunteer Organizations.

Give them a call or check their website for email information

website: contact details for the members



name / website = phone

Adolescents' Development Centre = (976-11) 324433

Amnesty International Mongolia = (976-11) 324705

Centre Against Child Abuse = (976-70) 116761

Darkhan Health Department = (+976) 99408702

Dayartugs NGO = (976-11) 330236

Democracy Education Centre / DEMO = (976 11) 310560

ECPAT = (976-11) 324333

Ethics and Motherland Association = (976-11) 312759

Institute for Future = (976-11) 310013

Liberal Women's Brain Pool = (976-11) 319774

Mongolian Association of Medical Social Workers = 99009877

Mongolian Blood Donors Association = (976-11) 454281

Mongolian Federation of Disabled People = (976-11) 369071

Mongolian Men's Association = (976-11) 323502

Mongolian Red Cross Society = (976-11) 320934

Mongolian Scouts Federation = (976-11) 324171

Mongolian Students Association = (976-11) 70115111

Mongolian Youth Federation = (976-11) 326336

National AIDS Foundation = (976-11) 321659

National Centre Against Violence = (976-11) 329850

Service for Peace Mongolia = (976-11) 345649

Social Welfare and Cooperation Foundation = (976-11) 319895

Tolgoit NGO = 50153786

United Nations Volunteers / UNV = (976-11) 325911

United Nations Youth Committee = ?

Voluntary Service Overseas / VSO Mongolia = (976-11) 318514

Wheelchair Users' Association = 99834457

Window to Development = (+976) 99749602

Friday, May 15, 2009

Certificate Party for Jim's classes

Well, another semester has finished. In my short, very short speech to my English students at their Certificate Party was that I was so grateful for having them as students. It was by far an easier semester than my first one, but I still think it was because of my students enthusiasm and participation more than me finally figuring out what to do in front of a classroom. [smile]

Teachers are treated special in Mongolia and I hope I can live up to their generosity. My students gave me not one, not two, but three new 'morin huur' instruments (the national musical instrument), a map of Mongolia and a thermos for my trips to the countryside, and a Mongolian chess set to wile away the hours under the big sky. And there was enough cake and sweets to put a truckload of diabetics into a sugar coma. [smile] To my students, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Below are pictures from the party which turned out so big, I had to use two classrooms.


Intermediate-2 students showing off their certificates



Some of my Intermediate-1 students



More Intermediate-1 students with certificates



Watch out! It might explode!



Eegii playing the morin huur



With some of my Pre-Intermediate-2B students




With some of my Pre-Intermediate-2A students



With some of my Intermediate-2 students