On June 25, was held an expert discussion on “Inclusive Higher School in Almaty: An Assessment of the Situation”, organized by the Cyprus Analytical Group.
The event was attended by the chief researcher Lesya Karataeva and a doctoral student at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University on a targeted grant from KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the project director of the Inclusive Higher School of Almaty, Marem Buzurtanova, who shared the goals, results and prospects of the “Inclusive High School in Almaty” as part of a study of the Educational Center “Bilim - Central Asia”. The speaker also proposed to create a ranking for the inclusion of universities in Almaty and an inclusive charter for universities in Almaty.
In recent years, the focus of state policy has shifted noticeably into the social sphere - issues of increasing social benefits and benefits, increasing support for vulnerable groups of the population, etc., including people with disabilities and disabilities (OA), are raised. In accordance with international practices, the program strategic documents and legislation focus on the importance of equality of the rights of all to receive quality education and its accessibility. In terms of measures, the government has established a quota for their admission to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities to receive higher education, and since 2012 its size has increased from 0.5% to 1%.
In Kazakhstani universities, the number of students with disabilities is 570 (in 2015), that is, 0.4% of the number of children with disabilities, or 0.7% of the number of children with disabilities in the same year.
According to the Educational Center "Bilim - Central Asia", which implements the project "Inclusive High School in Almaty", pupils with disabilities themselves have a lot of fears about entering higher education institutions: one third thinks that there are no conditions for them at high school and it will be physically difficult to learn (30.6%), about the same amount noted that "in universities, teachers do not know how to work with such students as I" (27.4%). And only a few try to take the initiative and change the situation.
To change the social, political, social, economic status of persons with disabilities and AE, obtaining higher education acquires key importance as a factor, on the one hand, of self-realization, and on the other hand, improving the quality of human capital in all categories of the population. The topic is of great humanitarian, socio-economic importance and needs to be comprehended, analyzed and develop proposals for changing the approaches both on the side of state structures, universities, and on the side of students with PLO and their parents.
The discussion was attended by researchers, people with PLO, representatives of universities, NGOs, the Public Council of Almaty, economists, political scientists, sociologists, representatives of government agencies, as well as bloggers and journalistic commentators.
Presentation by Marem Buzurtanova http://agkipr.kz/archives/1477