Interviewee ID: 990333
Parent's name: Adamsed
Year of Birth: 1949
Occupations: retired, elementary school teacher
Education: tusgai dund
Notes on education:
Born in: Hanhongor sum, Ömnögovi aimag
Lives in: Dalangadzad sum (or part of UB), Ömnögovi aimag
Mother's profession: official (negdel head)
Father's profession: worker (electrician)
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Summary of Interview 090912A with Mainbayar by Sarantsetseg
A. Mainbayar was born in 1949. After graduating from the State University of Pedagogy in Ulaanbaatar she worked for 38 years as a school teacher in Ömnögovi aimag’s 1st secondary school as well as a senior leader of young Pioneers.
In the beginning of the interview she narrates her life and professional experience. During socialism whenever foreign or domestic visitors would visit the school the students would line up in one line and greet them, after which there was a ritual for the guests to meet the students and comment on their impressions in comment books. The duties of senior leaders of Pioneers included responsibility for organizing such events as well as carrying out various projects related to culture and discipline of the students. She also talks about childhood and the cultural campaigns.
In a middle part she makes comparisons between life and work during socialism and the present day. During socialism students would read the book and memorize it by heart and draw conclusions and compared to nowadays the education had a higher quality. She concludes that the association of young pioneers and (Youth) League played huge role in child education. She also talks about collectivization and privatization. Although her husband formed a cooperative through gathering his family shares it went bankrupt.
Finally, she talks about foreign relations, democracy and parent - child relationships. Although following the democratic transformation people acquired a work ethic it had negative aspects such as increased instances of alcoholism. She briefly talks about religion, environmental changes and funeral rituals.