Mongolia to Cooperate with UNICEF on Children's Mental Health

2023-11-28 16:32:19

Ulaanbaatar, November 28, 2023 /MONTSAME/. Deputy Governor of the Governor’s Office of Ulaanbaatar City in charge of the Social Sector, Green Development, and Air and Environmental Pollution O. Nominchimeg met with the UNICEF Resident Representative in Mongolia Evariste Kouassi-Komlan on November 27, 2023. The two sides signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Governor’s Office of the Ulaanbaatar City and UNICEF Mongolia. Under the Memorandum, the two parties will cooperate to support the mental health of teachers, employees, and students of secondary schools and kindergartens, protect children from violence, exploitation, harassment, bullying, human rights violations, and harmful habits in online and other environments and promote diet quality of students. 

"With the aim of enhancing the nutritional quality for schoolchildren in Ulaanbaatar City, we intend to launch a project. Since mental health is a primary concern among schoolchildren, they have expressed a desire for access to a professional school psychologist and a school-based club where they can freely discuss their issues. In 20 percent of secondary schools in the capital city, there are no psychologists available. Therefore, we would be delighted to collaborate with you in the upcoming year to promote children's psychological well-being, foster a healthy and conducive learning environment, and implement projects and programs aimed at training psychologists," stated Deputy Governor Nominchimeg. 

Resident Representative Evariste Kouassi-Komlan stressed that in light of the increasing psychological problems among children in the capital city, implementing a program specifically aimed at addressing these issues is crucial. He further elaborated, "UNICEF is conducting six to seven nationwide studies, including ones on the health and diet of students. As part of these studies, students' bad habits, abuse, and bullying are being examined. The findings of these studies will be instrumental in developing and implementing effective projects and programs."