2007: Voice of Mongolia
Emma Browne, BA, BSocSci
Young Mongolian people now have a medium to discuss and explore local issues, thanks to UQ graduate Emma Browne.
Ms Browne helped launch an English language radio program earlier this year which was developed in response to the growing demand for authentic and locally placed English language practice, particularly among students.
Called The Hive, and broadcast by the 107 Zugii (Bee) radio station, the program is delivered by Mongolian English-speaking volunteers.
“The Hive gives young people in Ulaanbaatar the chance to celebrate cultural diversity and reinforce the benefits of language learning,” Ms Browne said.
Ten program segments include discussion forums, an arts appreciation series, local news summaries, information sessions, world music and radio drama.
Ms Browne first moved to Mongolia in 2008 as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, a program run by AusAID, and returned in 2009.
She has worked as a trainer for the AusAid Australian Development Scholarships, a program which prepares scholarship candidates for postgraduate study in Australia and with a local NGO on the expansion of teacher training programs.
“My time here has certainly emphasised the value of listening and the importance of process in institutional strengthening and project sustainability,” she said.
One of her fondest memories from her first Mongolian trip was ice-skating on Lake Khuvsgul.
“The experience was amazing: the skating, the fishing, riding on a horse sled across the frozen lake. As you skated or sledded across it, you could hear the ice cracking as loud as thunder,” she said.
“I would have been worried, except I had seen a chainsaw struggle to cut through two metres of ice for fishing.”
Ms Browne is now studying for a Master of Arts in Education and Development at the University of Sussex.
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