The “Mongol ger” project, supported by Rio Tinto and Oyu Tolgoi, and implemented by the Global Shapers Ulaanbaatar Hub, was inaugurated in a ceremony on Chinggis Square earlier today.
The “Mongol ger” project aims to bring Mongolia’s ancient nomadic culture and vital life skills to urban school children by incorporating traditional Mongol ger building programs into school curriculums.
Mr. L. Gantumur, Minister of Education, Culture and Science; Mr. Ts. Enkhtsengel, Deputy Mayor of the Ulaanbaatar City; Mr. Andrew Woodley, President and CEO – Oyu Tolgoi; and, Curator of Global Shapers Ulaanbaatar Hub, Mr. Z. Enkhmunkh attended the ceremony.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Andrew Woodley said: “The Mongol ger project is an initiative to bring Mongolia’s ancient nomadic culture and traditions to today’s urban youth. The program will not only teach about the past, but will help reinforce values, like respect and teamwork. We believe that to move forward, we must learn from the past – and this project will help create truly enduring value, knowledge and skill that build on Mongolia’s rich history.”
Funded by Rio Tinto and Oyu Tolgoi, 60 model gers were produced by students of the Institute of Engineering and Technology of Mongolia for the project, and distributed to public schools around Ulaanbaatar to allow for practical demonstration and development.
The ceremony was brought to life by a theatrical performance of “New Ger Feast” by the Mongolian National Song and Dance Academic Ensemble. A ger building competition was also held, emphasizing the teamwork and cooperation needed in the activity.Oyu Tolgoi has paid US$78.5 million (this includes a US$20 million pre-payment) in taxes, fees, and royalties to the Government of Mongolia year-to-date in 2015.
About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (www.ot.mn)
Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.