Interviewee ID: 990285
Parent's name: Dorj
Year of Birth: 1933
Notes on education: Mongolian language teacher
Born in: [None Given] sum, Töv aimag
Lives in: Hishig-Öndör sum (or part of UB), Bulgan aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder, hunter
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Summary of Interview 090733A with Tsedev by Khishigsüren
Dorjin Tsedev was born in 1933 in the so called ‘Ar toilbo’ land of the second bag of Hushaat sum of Töv (Selenge) aimag. He received the title of the merited teacher of Mongolia in 1980. It’s a special thing that he has taught Mongolian language for forty years to the schoolchildren of Hishig Öndör sum, Bulgan aimag. His students won six times at the state Mongolian language Olympics. In 1953 he entered the State Teacher’s Institute and graduated in 1956. At that time culture was not disseminated in the border aimags, only in the city was culture disseminated, and it was the time when European culture had already emerged and it was fully flourishing. He said about himself what is written in one beautiful poem of D. Natsagdorj: An intelligent person is a heir to the future who inseminates culture in the youth. He said he had worked and lived for 53 years sacrificing his sleep and meal, day and night, disregarding rest and entertainment to implement Natsagdorj’s ideology and civilize the nation and develop the local culture and economy. He talked in detail about what he had followed in his work, in the method of his teaching and what kind of experiences he had introduced. We can see from his interview at what high level the countryside secondary school teaching quality was in the socialist period, and what level of development the skill, knowledge, experience of the teachers had reached.
His interview was accompanied by a list of the academic scores of his students of many generations whom he had taught and directed within his fifty years, their academic achievements, private class-books with the detailed and neat writing of the personal characteristics, and the photos will be a very valuable and rare memory of our interview.
Summary of Interview 090733B with Tsedev by Khishigsüren
He talked about the cultural campaigns conducted nationwide and about some incidents that happened to him at this time. He used to teach at the literacy group then, and he compared the events shown in the movies ‘The New Script Teacher’, ‘Awakening’, ‘One of the Many’, with what happened in his life. We can find many interesting things in his interview about the reasons for conducting the cultural campaigns in Mongolia, how the people accepted it and what was its result. He thinks the cultural campaign was the main impetus to disseminate culture in the lives of individuals. Also, one thing that is interesting to him, although he doesn’t know if it’s the result of the cultural campaign or the market economy. It’s the lack of lice. He mentioned at that time lice and dirt was considered as number one issue. He mentioned that he had observed all this disappeared with the coming of the market economy.
The result of democracy was freedom for the Mongolians, independent work, the understanding of the advantages of the private property and development of free business. There was a time when his party (MPRP) also thought about, reflected and directed the resolutions for the sake of democracy. He also said that step by step we shifted to democracy.