Intellectual Schools in the Changing World
The first day of the NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference that is one of the largest events in the field of education held in Kazakhstan has come to an end.
The opening ceremony began with a performance by the Atyrau Intellectual school learners presenting their latest creation, a shadow play titled ‘Rukhani Zhangyru’ and met with a storm of applause.
The Chairperson of the NIS Board of Trustees, the President of Nazarbayev University, Professor Shigeo Katsu delivered the welcoming remarks.
The keynote speaker at the plenary session was Kulyash Shamshidinova, the Chairperson of NIS Board, with her report on ‘Values, Wellbeing and Innovation for the Future of Education’, consonant to the main topic of the conference.
Kulyash Nogatayevna emphasized that ‘the rapidly changing world dictates new trends in all areas of our life: economy, politics, culture, education. Globalisation, technological innovations, climate, demographic and other changes bring about new expectations and create new possibilities, which people and societies are to effectively respond to.’
The distinguished education expert Pasi Sahlberg presented his report on ‘Dynamics of the Global Education Reform and the Future of State Education’. It is remarkable how his birthday coincided with the first day of the conference. Mr. Sahlberg was pleased to receive special souvenirs made by NIS learners from Kulyash Shamshidinova.
Oon Seng Tan, the Director of Singapore National Institute of Education delivered a speech on ‘Values and Competencies of the Teachers of the 21st century’. Mr Tan was generous to gift his books to the NIS library.
After the plenary session, Kulyash Shamshidinova met with the strategic partners and the world’s leading experts in education.
The innovations in education were further discussed at the panel meeting and breakout sessions.
The participants of the conference were particularly interested in the signing session, held by the Finnish expert Pasi Sahlberg, the Canadian psychologist Gordon Neufeld, and the Board of Trustees member, Cambridge University Professor David Bridges. Those interested could personally get an autograph from the famous authors of books on education.
A highlight of the day were the guests of the international conference receiving the ‘Rukhani Zhangyru’ national programme emblems—felt birds made by Intellectual schools learners. The special breakout session, dedicated to ‘Rukhani Zhangyru’ national programme.
The second half of the day saw the headliners of the conference deliver their speeches—the Director of the Neufeld Institute Gordon Neufeld, the Director of Cambridge Assessment Tim Oates, the Head of OECD Early Childhood Education and the Education Department Schools Director Yuri Belfali.
The ‘Ahead of Time’ symposium was held in honour of Professor Makpal Zhadrina.
The intense first day programme immersed the participants into the world of innovative pedagogy, which makes the NIS International Conference the central platform for discussing the issues of education.