Analysing Kazakhstan’s Modernisation Experience in Education

Ashgabat 2018: On 28th and 29th June 2018, in the framework of the EU funded project on ‘Support to the Education Sector’ the Senior Non-Key expert Aigul Kazzhanova presented Kazakhstan’s modernisation experience in education to officials, policymakers and teachers in Turkmenistan. The expert, who is also the Managing Partner at Autonomous Educational Organization” Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS)”, shared lessons learnt, knowledge gained and experience accumulated of the last ten years in transferring global expertise to the modernisation needs of the Kazakh school system. She facilitated the activities of a workgroup of the Ministry of Education (pictured) that aims to analyse Kazakh reform experience consistently and coherently.
Indeed, while sharing a common history, geography and culture, modernisation trajectories in education between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan differ significantly. Recently, NIS has become a reform model that exploited textbook-like success factors, such as sustained political support and finance, autonomy to experiment and fail, close cooperation with global and EU knowledge, research, think tanks, and organisations, and creating national capacities for modernisation. After identifying appropriate solutions for 20 NIS schools, the organisation went on to impact the whole education system through updating the content of education, creating nationwide technology-enhanced solutions, investing in the large-scale further training of teachers and setting-up an ecosystem in support for tackling the slew of 21st-century educational challenges.
As the world has become a fast-changing place, international engagement can plan a vital role in enhancing domestic capital and resources, size opportunities for human capital development and repatriate the resulting knowledge and expertise. The Kazakh experience found the interest of the Turkmen authorities. Closer cooperation is on the agenda, with the objective to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between NIS and Turkmenistan. As a first step, the workgroup identified further education as a critical part of current modernisation needs. It recommended organising seven ten-days workshops to learn more about the Kazakh experience and enhance efforts in Turkmenistan.

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