Hello everyone! My name is Namiraa Baljinnyam. I was born and raised in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. I received my education in hearing and deaf schools. When I was 15 years old, I realized what I could do good things for deaf children. I want to help deaf children in my country to become as fluent in their native language as I am.
After graduating from high school, I entered the National University of Mongolia. Studying together with hearing people demanded a lot of patience, hard work, and enthusiasm in order to achieve my goals, because Mongolian universities of do not have sign language interpreters.
I graduated from the National University of Mongolia with a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics. I then continued my studies at the Mongolian State University of Education and was awarded a Master’s degree in educational studies.
After graduating from university, I applied for a teaching post at a Deaf school, but was rejected. I have since decided to establish an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in order to help deaf people. Additionally, in 2007, I established the “Mongolian Youths and Children Association of the Deaf” which will help deaf children and youth to socialise and to become confident members of society.
Meanwhile, I also worked as a translator in The National Library of Mongolia for 3 years before I came to Gallaudet University in January 2009. I came to Gallaudet because I received a “World Deaf Leadership Award” from the Nippon Foundation. Currently, I am attending the English Language Institute (ELI) in order to improve my English. I am planning to specialise in deaf education in the Department of Education after I successfully complete the ELI.