Interviewee ID: 990032
Parent's name: Mijid
Year of Birth: 1951
Notes on education:
Work: MUBIS jijüür
Born in: Jargalan sum, Govi-Altai aimag
Lives in: Sühbaatar sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: [blank]
Father's profession: [blank]
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Summary of Interview 080609A with Nyamjav
Nyamjav is the oldest of six children in his family. At the age of eight he went to elementary school in Jargalan sum, and then studied in secondary school in Bayan-Uul sum. After finishing the 7th grade he entered the Pedagogical Institute in Hovd in 1966 and finished in 1969. All his life he worked as a labour teacher in secondary school.
He spent his childhood in the country-side with his parents who were herders. When he was thirteen, his father died. As the oldest son in his family he had to look after his younger siblings. Nyamjav tells about his childhood memories, including when he first saw a car, how he lived in a school dormitory, and what he ate there. He also recounts what subjects he studied in elementary and secondary schools, what clothes schoolchildren wore. Elementary school pupils were free to wear whatever they wanted, whereas those in secondary school had to wear a special uniform with a pioneer scarf. One of the things that Nyamjav liked about being a student at the Pedagogical Institute was the stipend of 180 tögrögs.
Nyamjav chose his profession (teaching carpentry in secondary school) because he thinks that carpentry skills run in his blood. Both his father and grandfather were good carpenters. His relatives on his mother’s side are jewellers.