Kazakh children are not being afforded the same opportunities to
learn as other children in Mongolia. In addition to the barriers shared to some
extent by children in other poor and rural areas, the language of teaching
and learning for Kazakh children is compounding their disadvantage. The particularly low preschool
participation rates in Bayan-Olgii aimag and the lack of either Kazakh
language preschool materials or Mongolian as a second language instructional strategies
mean Kazakh children start school lagging behind in language and literacy skills and may
not gain a sound footing in either Mongolian or Kazakh.
Olgii, Western Mongolia, 2015.
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