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Teacher unions push government to boost investment in education

published 20 May 2016 updated 25 May 2016

Mongolian education unionists are urging their national public authorities to increase financing to the education system in an effort to improve quality and make education for all a reality.

The call to increase spending was made during a joint roundtable in late April organised by Education International (EI)’s affiliate, the Federation of Mongolian Education and Science Unions (FMESU), along with partners of the Education for All Coalition.

Over 50 participants took part, including representatives of civil society organisations and government agencies, to debate ideas surrounding the2016 Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) theme, “Fund the Future: Education Rights Now”.

Government promise

Participants insisted that the Government must keep its promise and increase the education budget in order to achieve quality public education over the next 15 years, which is the aim of the FMESU “Education 2030” agenda.

In his keynote speech, FMESU President Jalkhar Batzorig urged the Government to invest 90 billion Mongolian Tughriks (about €39 million) in education, a commitment promised in 2015.