Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation launched implementation of the Jas Leader Akademiiasy programme (Academy of Young Leaders) in the spiritual capital of the Turkic world – city of Turkestan. The programme’s objective is to support and develop leadership qualities in pupils of grades 5-11. Children will be taught in-demand skills that are not studied at school: these are skills of communication, public speaking, planning and time management, self-presentation and development of assertiveness.
From 26 July teachers – future trainers in Jas Leader Akademiiasy – started their training for trainers programme. Within a month 100 teachers from 50 pilot schools in Turkestan, the Turkestan Oblast and the city of Shymkent will undertake the training where they will be familiarized with the extra-curriculum programme and will learn the specifics of running the course. Resource books were developed in the Kazakh language especially for teachers of Kazakh schools. The training takes place not in the format of lectures, to which everyone is accustomed, but in an easily understood interactive form.
“One of the exercises on the first day helped me to see my profession in a new light, now I can be not just a teacher but also a mentor for my pupils,” shared her impressions one of the participants of the training for trainers from Turkestan.
Upon completion of the training teachers will be able to hold extra-curriculum classes under the Jas Leader Akademiiasy programme in their schools and will get a full information pack for their further work during the next academic year for pupils in grade 5-11.
“The role of teacher in Jas Leader Akademiiasy is given a special meaning. A trainer in our programme does not dominate over participants but is at one level with them. He helps them to get information, gain knowledge and experience acting not from a position of “superior to inferior”, but from the position of “equal to equal”, said Marat Aitmagambetov, director of Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation.
Over 15 000 schoolchildren in Turkestan, the Turkestan Oblast and Shymkent will be the first to start their education in Jas Leader Akademiiasy. Within the next five years, the geography of the programme will gradually extend for Zhambyl, Kyzylorda, Atyrau, Mangistau, West Kazakhstan, Aktobe and Almaty Oblasts, and the total budget of the programme will comprise 5 million US dollars.