“Next Generation School”: Reload Begins in Astana
The X NIS International Research-to-Practice conference has ended in Astana. It was dedicated to the 10th anniversary of "Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools" autonomous educational organization.
One of the country’s main educational forums had a record number of entries this year – about 2,000 participants from more than 20 countries of the world. Kazakhstan was represented by the best speakers from all regions – 700 teachers participated in the conference as part of memorandums concluded between Intellectual schools and regional akimats.
The opening ceremony was attended by Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerlan Sagadiyev, President of Nazarbayev University Shigeo Katsu, and Chairperson of the Board of "Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools" AEO Kulyash Shamshidinova.
By tradition, the world-known scientists, experts and teachers spoke at the conference. Keynote speakers include Susan Robertson (Head of the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University), Michael Young (Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Education, University College London, author of the theory of “powerful knowledge”), Kai Ming Cheng (Chair Professor of Education at University of Hong Kong), David Marsh (Director of Innovation and Outreach at EduCluster Finland), Thomas Hsu (Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), as well as other authoritative scientists and top managers in the field of education. Much interest was focused on the Kazakhstani reports prepared by teachers from secondary schools in Astana, Kokshetau, Semey, Karaganda, Taraz, West Kazakhstan regions.
One of the most expected events was the autograph session of the President of the International Center for Humane Pedagogics, writer Paata Amonashvili, the Kazakhstani journalist Gulnar Bazhkenova, international academic consultant on multilingual programmes Peter Mehisto, and expert in educational transformation and teaching methodology David Marsh.
One of the features of this year is the project “Voice of the Student”. It involved schoolchildren who presented the work of the International Baccalaureate in Kazakhstan. Also for the first time was conducted a special section on inclusive education.
During the conference, memorandums of cooperation were signed between "Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools" autonomous educational organization and the Embassy of France in Kazakhstan, private schools Bilimkana (Kyrgyzstan) and L.Gumilyov Eurasian National University.
Today, the Astana Conference is recognized as one of the most authoritative discussion platforms in the scientific world on topical issues of world and national education.