Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program passes three-year mark

Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program passes three-year mark
This year marks three years since the start of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program implementation. Kazakh Deputy Minister of Information and Social Development Bolat Tlepov and Head of the National Bureau of Translations Rauan Kenzhekhanuly spoke at the press briefing about the projects under the implementation of the program and the benefits of this program in the current context.

Kenzhekhanuly said that during the quarantine the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program enabled Kazakh university applicants and students to have access to advanced teaching materials. Thus, nearly 130,000 people were able to acquire new humanitarian knowledge, he added.

“This is part of the project called ‘Open University of Kazakhstan’, which involved electronic delivery of textbooks to users and creation of online courses for students based on translated textbooks. These are the best textbooks in the world for now. All of our educational institutions and students got free access to the best textbooks. There is no need to visit libraries for this, students can access them from any device. They can not only read, but also listen to them in the interpretation of the best Kazakh professors and specialists. This year 130,000 people graduated from schools. They are potential first-year university students who could not go to overseas universities due to closed borders. But this project gives our students access to the best study materials in the world, which were translated and localized for the needs of our students in current circumstances,” Kenzhekhanuly said.

Answering journalists’ questions, Tlepov spoke about the Sacred Geography of Kazakhstan project, indicating that, first of all, the work is carried out on the development of infrastructure in historically important places and territories where the country’s cultural monuments are located.

“We have a lot of historical and spiritual objects that are scattered all over the country. They are interesting, but it is difficult to get there. There are no conditions, and especially infrastructural conditions. The main indicator of these objects is the visitor attendance. A set of works is being carried out to increase this indicator. It includes the construction of roads and provision of appropriate conditions for people to travel, look around and enjoy,” Tlepov said.

He stated that this year the visitor attendance of the country’s sacred places by Kazakh residents increased by 20 percent. The sites located in Karagandy region, Mangystau region and Turkistan region were the most popular among the travelers.

“They certainly started to visit these places a lot more. This was especially noticeable this year. Considering all the restrictive measures, when the majority of the population was unable to travel abroad, visits to our domestic sites, and, in the first instance, sacred sites, sharply increased,” Tlepov said.

During the press briefing, the speakers said that in the three years of the implementation of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program, more than 2,500 facilities have been built and more than 2,000 reconstructed. More than 12,000 domestic patrons (benefactors, philanthropists) were involved in their implementation.