Project results indicate that small children are becoming increasingly capable of protecting themselves from child abuse.
Mongolian Women’s Fund (MONES) has been implementing a project entitled “Promoting an enabling environment for small children to be free from child abuse” since 2017. We have been implementing the project at 11 kindergartens located in Bayangol, Bayanzurkh, Songinokhairkhan, Khan-Uul, and Baganuur districts of Ulaanbaatar city and Arkhangai, Bayankhongor, and Dornod provinces in rural areas, providing a total of 216 kindergarten teachers and assistant teachers, 5313 parents, and 1750 children aged 4-5 with knowledge to prevent from child abuse and skills to protect both themselves and others from child abuse.
An external organization assessed mid-term results of the training and project activities and came up with the following results. Compared with that of the baseline study, identifying and knowing different forms of child abuse increased by 0, 25, and 30 percent among kindergarten teachers, assistant teachers, and parents and guardians, respectively, whereas the knowledge of small children aged 4-5 to identify and report child abuse increased by 25 percent on average.
Results of the project activities yielded good practices such as pre-school educational institutions making reforms in their curricula and training programs; parents and guardians talking about child abuse with small children through their teachers and assistant teachers; adults learning ways of protecting children from child abuse and positive approaches to parent children; and, small children aged 4-5 being able to learn how to identify primary symptoms of sexual and physical abuses, to report it to others immediately, and to avoid potential danger of child abuse.
The assessment engaged a total of 738 individuals not only involving the project team, but also those at 5 different kindergartens in Ulaanbaatar city and provinces such as kindergarten directors, teachers, and assistant teachers, training facilitators, small children aged 4-5, parents, soum (administrative sub-unit following province) and khoroo (administrative unit under district) social workers, governors, police officers, specialists in charge of district pre-school affairs, and specialists of the Family, Youth and Child Development Agency.