Interviewee ID: 990148
Parent's name: Mijig
Year of Birth: 1955
Occupations: kindergarten director
Education: tusgai dund
Notes on education:
Born in: Manlai sum, Ömnögovi aimag
Lives in: Manlai sum (or part of UB), Ömnögovi aimag
Mother's profession: cook
Father's profession: sum, negdel deputy director
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Summary of Interview 080822A with Maihüü by Oyuntungalag
Maihüü is the oldest of five children in her family. From the 1st to the 8th grades she studied in different schools in different places, in Ӧmnӧgobi aimag centre, in Manlai sum, Tsogt-Tsestii sum, and then in Hishig sum. After finishing the 8th grade she studied at the Nursery Teachers’ School in Ulaanbaatar for three years. After graduation in 1973 she returned to Manlai sum and has worked in the local nursery since.
Maihüü tells about her childhood and school years, what films she saw, her education in Ulaanbaatar, and the nursery where she works. She recalls that in her childhood schoolchildren were given homework involving such manual tasks as collecting wild onion and herbs. In the socialist period children were admitted to elementary school only at the age of eight. As her father was a darga, she started school when she was seven. Maihüü was considered to be a fashionable girl: she had a variety of colourful hair bands and wore the same, beautiful, red coat for six years. She remembers her years at the Nursery Teachers’ School in Ulaanbaatar as a really nice time, not least because she had a stipend. She started wearing trousers in Ulaanbaatar. When she returned to Manlai as a nursery teacher she was the only woman in the sum to wear trousers.
Maihüü got to know dormitory life when she started the 5th grade in Tsogt-Tsetsii sum. Schoolchildren from upper grades educated those from lower grades. In her childhood, in the aimag centre schoolchildren wore uniforms, whereas those in the sums wore the traditional deel.
Summary of Interview 080822B with Maihüü by Oyuntungalag
In this interview Maihüü tells about the nursery school where she has been working for thirty-five years. When she first arrived she found the nursery without toys for children to play. There were no books or manuals for teachers either. The contrast between the nursery schools in Ulaanbaatar and those in the country-side was phenomenal. It was only in 1979, in the year dedicated to children, that all nursery schools across the country were provided with toys.
Maihüü compares the nursery school in the socialist period and today. In the past, for example, nursery school teachers had to improve their qualification once each five years, and food in nurseries was good. In the socialist period, families had many children, but today only two on average.