Ganbaatar


Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990044
Name: Ganbaatar
Parent's name: Tsogzolmaa
Ovog: Log
Sex: m
Year of Birth: 1951
Ethnicity: Halh
Occupations: Mathematics teacher, Manlai sum school

Additional Information
Education: higher
Notes on education:
Belief: none
Born in: Dalangadzad sum, Ömnögovi aimag
Lives in: Manlai sum (or part of UB), Ömnögovi aimag
Mother's profession: [blank]
Father's profession: [blank]

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Summary of Interview 080808A with Ganbaatar by Oyuntungalag


Ganbaatar was born in Dalanzadgad. When his mother passed away, he was adopted by his uncle Tsogzolmaa. After finishing secondary school, in 1969 Ganbaatar was admitted to the mathematical department of the State Pedagogical Institute and moved to Ulaanbaatar. During his studies her served in the army for three years and finished the Institute in 1976. Since then he has taught mathematics in Tsogt-Ovoo, Bayan-Dalai, and Manlai sums.


Ganbaatar mainly discusses schools and dormitories. He himself spent ten years in dormitories during his formal education. He thinks that children in the socialist period were more responsible that today’s children. In dormitories, for example, schoolchildren from upper grades looked after those from lower grades. Older children were in charge of younger ones. He also recalls that back then children did not have many books and journals to read.


After finishing his 1st course at the Institute, Ganbaatar was planning to go home on a summer vocation. In June he was abruptly recruited to the army where he had to serve for three years.


Summary of Interview 080808B with Ganbaatar by Oyuntungalag


Ganbaatar tells about the army. He served in the air defence regiment in Darhan. As it was then a newly set up regiment, the first winter the soldiers had to spent in tents. The soldiers carried out field training in the Soviet Union. Ganbaatar tells about the institutionalized humiliating treatment of younger conscripts in the army. After the army, he resumed his studies at the State Pedagogical Institute. He recalls that in his mathematical department some lessons, such as mathematics, the history of the Communist Party, were taught in Russian, which he finds pointless. Ganbaatar also tells about Manlai sum and the secondary school where he teaches. According to him, today parents pay more attention to their children’s education.


He got married when he was thirty-seven. He recounts how he gave names to his children.