Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation is launching a programme “Academy of Leadership” in cooperation with the akimats of the Turkestan Oblast and the city of Shymkent. The goal of this programme is support and development of leader’s qualities in schoolchildren of grades 5-11 and teaching them sought-after skills that are not taught at school.
Communication skills, public speaking, planning and time management, self-presentation and development of self-confidence – all these will be taught to children in their classes under the “Academy of Leadership” programme.
First students to start classes in the “Academy of Leadership” will be pupils of grades 5-11 from the cities of Shymkent and Turkestan, and the Turkestan Oblast, and these are over 15,000 children. Within next five years the programme will cover Zhambyl, Kyzylorda, Atyrau, Mangistau, West Kazakhstan, Aktobe and Almaty Oblasts, and the total budget of the programme will be 5 million US dollars.
“Young leaders with civic engagement and contemporary mindset are a call of the times. Therefore, it is very important to bring up strong leaders amongst the modern youth so that the rising generation could have a competitive advantage in the framework of globalisation”, said Umirzak Shukeyev, Akim of the Turkestan Oblast.
Schoolchildren will learn to effectively use skills of communication, critical thinking, public speaking and negotiating. Plans include extracurricular activities, monthly meetings, master classes, leadership training sessions with participation of well-known figures and annual conferences with awards for the best students.
Young successful Kazakhstanis – Ali Okapov, Mezzo group and Dana Akilbekova – supported the idea of this programme and told why it’s important to develop leadership skills:
“We are eagerly waiting for the beginning of the academic year when guys will start their classes in the “Academy of Leadership”. This is a comprehensive programme, thanks to which in several years we will form among the youth a sustainable pool of civic-minded leaders who will be able to expose themselves brighter, manifest themselves and show their talents not only to Kazakhstan but to the whole world”, said Marat Aitmagambetov, Director of Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation.