How the Education Sustainable Development Fund opened schools

It all started in September 2022 — it was then that the first participating school of the project “Development of the potential of hub schools in rural areas” was presented with the Kazakhstan Khalkyna Fund.

 It was the secondary school in Katarkol village of Burabai district of Akmola region. In just 1 month of work, 27 classrooms were modernized at the school, and teachers took advanced training courses, which were specially developed by specialists of NIS for the project schools based on the analysis held jointly with specialists of the Education Sustainable Development Fund.

In November 2022, the Fund presented 3 more schools:

Each school had its own peculiarities, difficulties and interesting challenges, which were overcome thanks to the joint work of ESDF and the project partners.

On December 02, the presentation was held at the “Urban Multidisciplinary Kazakh Gymnasium School” in Abai region of Ayagoz district. This school became the fifth in a row and brought us a lot of cool news: it is here that the guys who are very passionate about robotics study. We haven’t seen so many First certificates yet!) In December 2022, a team of students called “Bumblbee” from Ayagoz school passed the qualifying round for “Skills of Hakaton” and won the 1st place!

“The school in Ayaguz is the fifth hub school within the framework of the Fund’s program, which has been equipped and receives methodological assistance in the form of training courses and teacher internships. We want the school to become a competence center and a magnet for nearby underfilled schools. Schoolchildren and teachers have already noted that strengthening the material and technical base will increase their practical knowledge and skills,” Dias Beisenbek, the official representative-press secretary of Kazakhstan Khalkyna public Fund, noted.

Then, presentations at schools

  • in Markakol village (Kurchum district, East Kazakhstan region) went like a snowball with each other,

  • in Zhansugurov village of Zhetysu region has completed 2022.

Almost on New Year’s Eve, on December 28, the guys from the ESDF team met the guests in the hall of the school.

“Modern education requires new approaches and sets its own requirements both for the upbringing of children and for the quality of education. Previously, it was important that the student fully completed all the tasks. The new technique adapts to the child, taking into account their talents, abilities, gives a certain freedom and space for development. The exchange of experience held by the Education Sustainable Development Fund and the project partner, Nazarbayev Intellectual School within the framework of the joint project “Increasing the potential of hub schools in rural regions” has taught our teachers a lot. Not only for the student, but also for the teachers themselves, the learning process has become much more efficient and easier,” Rakhat Nygmetbekkyzy, the school Director said at the presentation. 

No sooner had the year 2023 begun than the Education Sustainable Development Fund in the rural areas had already held two presentations — in Bestamak village of Aktobe region and in Aksai city of West Kazakhstan region.

You can endlessly list all the school updates, but we are sure that the most important thing is that the children appreciated the innovations. Now their eyes are shining and there is another incentive to learn.

“When the STEM laboratory and TV studio were brought to us and installed, we could not believe our eyes. We felt taken care of. It’s cool that we are given such opportunities! Today, you won’t find this in every urban school, but we have it in Markakol!”, — Aruzhan Kabduali and Yenlik Samatova, 10th grade students of Markakol school, say.

“First of all, it is necessary to understand the fact that almost half of the people of Kazakhstan live in rural areas. Therefore, rural schoolchildren should have equal opportunities with urban ones. We are engaged in the development of hub schools, without which it is impossible to raise rural education. Our project covers 17 regions of Kazakhstan, where about 13 thousand children study and about 2 thousand teachers work,” Daniyar Toktarbayev, Director of the Education Sustainable Development Fund, says.

I would like to note that enthusiastic teachers work in schools! All teachers are burning with their work, they want to learn more, get the most out of trainings and seminars, use 100% of all the equipment received.

We thank all participants of the presentations for their attention and remind that the project is being implemented through the support of the Kazakhstan Khalkyna Fund. The training and methodology are provided by NIS specialists free of charge, and the costs of administrative and organizational measures are compensated by sponsorship funds of AITAS Holding.