Interviewee ID: 990425
Parent's name: Togoohüü
Year of Birth: 1965
Notes on education:
Born in: [None Given] sum, Ulaanbaatar aimag
Lives in: Manlai sum (or part of UB), Ömnögovi aimag
Mother's profession: worker
Father's profession: worker
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Summary of Interview 080824A with Enhtuul by Oyuntungalag
Enhtuul is the second child in her family. She has six siblings. Both of her parents were factory workers. While her siblings lived with their parents in the 120 Myangat district, Enhtuul was brought up by her grandmother who lived in Yarmag district, Ulaanbaatar. In 1984, after finishing the eighth grade, she attended a one-year course at the Pedagogical College to train as an elementary school teacher. Upon her graduation, she worked in Sevrei sum, Övörhangai aimag, for a year, and then was assigned to Manlai sum, where she has been working since.
Enhtuul tells mostly about her childhood: how she lived with her grandmother, what her grandmother taught her, what it was like going to pioneer camps in summer, etc. She also recounts how she, as a student at the Pedagogical College, went to work in a state farm and what she wore there. Enhtuul says that she fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a teacher.
This interview part has two summaries. The second follows.
An elementary school teacher in a sum in Ömnögovi aimag.
This interview is an interesting example of a city woman (who grew up in ger horoolol (district of the capital)) who went to live in the countryside. This was a case of reverse migration due to a work assignment by the state after she graduated from teacher's college. Seeing people who lived in the countryside and worked for the state farm for the first time made a strong impression on this women, who at that time was a young student. It was difficult for her to understand why these people did not care about clothes and the way they presented themselves.
Her narrative expresses a very fresh surprise about the culture and lifestyle of people who lived and worked on the state farm. She talks about the country as 'the other'.
Summary of Interview 080824B with Enhtuul by Oyuntungalag
Enhtuul talks at length about her childhood and secondary school years. She tells how she swam in the Tuul river, what her grandmother taught her, what she did in secondary school, how she went to the cinema with her classmates, why she wanted to become an elementary school teacher, how schoolchildren were supposed to dress and behave, and how she was admitted to the pioneer organisation. According to her, education was better in the socialist period.
Another important part of her story is dedicated to her years as a teacher in Manlai sum. She tells about the following topics: what she thought of the gobi before arriving in Ömnögobi, her first impression when she started her work in a country-side school, what her job entails, how she was influenced by her older colleagues, and the distinction between city and country schools. Enkhtuul also compares today’s schools with those in the socialist past. In the past, moral education and hygiene inspections were an important part of secondary school experience. At that time the relationship between children and parents was not close and open. In contrast, today nobody teaches morals in secondary school, and checking schoolchildren’s hygiene is not understood to be the responsibility of teachers. Also, country-side schools, in her view, cannot attract the best teachers. She thinks that today people enjoy more freedom, not to mention the fact that alcoholism became widespread. Her husband is an alcoholic.
Enhtuul, who lives in a small sum and has to put up with her alcoholic husband, remembers the socialist period as a good time, not least because she had a good childhood surrounded by her loved ones, who cared for her.