2017 marks the 20th anniversary of annual ‘Foremost Calligraphers of Mongolia’ national contest in traditional Mongolian script which is organized by ‘Khumuun Bichig’ weekly newspaper of national news agency MONTSAME.
The 20th national contest attracted more than 700 contestants from 19 provinces and the capital city. An award ceremony was held today at Fine Arts Gallery where Mr J.Batsuuri, Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports gave opening remarks.
In order to enforce the implementation of state policy to revive the use of traditional Mongolian script, the President of Mongolia issued a decree in 2010 regarding certain measures which are being realized at present.
Among the contestants of all ages, the youngest were students of the 4th grade who studied the traditional script by themselves. Traditional Mongolian script is taught from the 6th grade in Mongolian secondary schools.
With ‘Gem International’ company working as the main sponsor for the 7th year, the contest took place in 7 categories. According to the tradition, 4 winners of the category ‘The 12th Grade Students’ were awarded four-year scholarships to study at the National University of Mongolia and the State University of Education. The winners of ‘The Best Calligraphy’, ‘Professional Teachers’, ‘The Best Calligrapher Class’ and ‘Creative Work’ categories were awarded with certificates of overseas trip.
Moreover, another 20 participants were granted with a one-year free subscription to the ‘Khumuun Bichig’ newspaper.