First ACCESS Mongolia alumni conference is themed “Giving Back to Community”Society | Education
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ First ever ACCESS Alumni Conference has been organized in Ulaanbaatar co-jointly by the Educational Advising Resource Center (EARC) and the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, the Embassy website reported Thursday.
Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the U.S. Department of State, the ACCESS program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented youth from economically disadvantaged sectors through after school classes and intensive sessions.
The goal of the conference was to network with alumni and come up with project ideas that would be beneficial for Mongolian youth and surrounding community. Approximately 70 ACCESS alumni from Ulaanbaatar and from Dornod and Khovd aimags participated in the conference.
Starting the conference, English language coordinator T.Altantsetseg and Alumni coordinator G.Ider-Uugan from the Public Affairs Section, the U.S. Embassy welcomed the alumni and presented opportunities offered by the Embassy to alumni, including the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF), offered by the U.S. Department of State. Afterwards, Fulbright alumnae B.Khongorzul briefed on “Empowering Women and Girls through Entrepreneurship,” an AEIF project and another alumnae D.Munkhkhishig, a Global UGRAD participant, shared her experience volunteering on the project. Next up ACCESS and Global UGRAD alum and founder of the iVolunteer.mn website T.Purevjav made a keynote speech on importance of giving back to community. Lastly, ACCESS alumni participated in discussion session on topics such as English language, preschool education, health education, volunteering/community center, personal development, and ACCESS lectures series and presented their ideas and suggestions for the projects implementation.
The first ACCESS program started in Ulaanbaatar in 2006 and since then 5 ACCESS programs had been organized successfully graduating more than 350 secondary school students ages 13-20.