Year of “Rukhani Zhangyru”: Spiritual modernization united Kazakhstanis
A year ago, on the 12th of April Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev presented the article “The Course towards Future: Modernization of Public Conscience”. There the leader of the nation clearly defined the agenda for the coming years. Before the people of Kazakhstan there are many tasks to revive the traditions of our ancestors. What changes have already occurred in the country in the framework of this article and how is the public consciousness of Kazakhstanis changing?
Kazakhstan has already passed two stages of its formation: modernization of the economy and modernization of politics. Now the time has come for the people, who must be consciously ready for new changes that are imposed by time and the world community. It is necessary to say that the large-scale work on the fulfillment of the President’s tasks has already been carried out in the regions of Kazakhstan for a year. So, cities and villages are engaged in landscaping of yards, reconstruction of architectural monuments. In addition, 100 best foreign books will be published in the Kazakh language. According to the policy of the President, all this is done to unite the people of the country.
Projects of “Rukhani Zhangyru”
First of all, let us remember which areas were included in the program of spiritual development of Kazakhstan.
The article “The Course towards Future” has a very important topic – the transition of the Kazakh language to the Latin script. The transition to the Latin script has its own deep historical logic. These are the features of the modern technological environment, features of communications in the modern world, and features of the scientific and educational process in the 21st century.
The President instructed to adopt a single standard version of the Kazakh alphabet in the new script by the end of 2017 with the help of the general public. This was done. On the 26th of October, 2017 the President signed a decree “On the transition of the Kazakh alphabet from the Cyrillic to the Latin script”. The training for the teaching of the new alphabet and the preparation of textbooks for secondary schools will begin this year.
The “Tugan Zher” direction has become the most extensive. According to the leader of the nation, patriotism begins with a love for a small homeland.
“A special attitude towards our native land, its culture, customs, traditions is the most important feature of patriotism”, the program article reads.
Within the framework of this direction, the study of local lore in the sphere of education, ecology and improvement, study of regional history, restoration of cultural and historical monuments and cultural objects of the local scale is organized.
The following direction under the title “Sacred Geography of Kazakhstan” comes out of this. The Head of State in the article says that it is necessary to link together in the national consciousness a complex of monuments around Ulytau and the mausoleum of Ahmet Yassaui, the ancient monuments of Taraz and the burial of Beket-Ata, the ancient complexes of eastern Kazakhstan and the sacred places of the Seven Rivers, and many other places. All of them form the skeleton of our national identity. So, according to the project “Sacred Geography of Kazakhstan”, 100 sacred objects at the level of the republic and 500 objects at the level of regions were selected.
In addition, Kazakhstan is implementing another project – “Modern Kazakhstan culture in the global world”. The most important thing in the project is that a targeted approach is needed so that the domestic culture can be heard in six UN languages: English, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic and French. In addition, it should be exactly modern culture, one that is created by our contemporaries. In particular, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Ministry of Information and Communication provide serious state support in this matter.
Last year, 100 Kazakhstanis were represented, who somehow benefited the state, showed that everything is possible in life. The project “100 new persons of Kazakhstan” is a story of 100 specific people from different regions, different ages and nationalities who have succeeded in these fast-moving years. These were specific stories of specific people who became the heroes of the television documentary. It is noteworthy that more than 1500 applications were received within the framework of the project “100 new persons of Kazakhstan”.
Also the project “New Humanitarian Knowledge. 100 new textbooks in the Kazakh language” identified a list of 17 textbooks on humanitarian disciplines. The National Translation Agency created within the framework of the program continues the translation.
Results of 2017
In February this year, Akorda has hosted a regular meeting of the National Commission on the implementation of the program for modernization of public consciousness under the chairmanship of head of the Presidential Administration Adilbek Dzhaksybekov.
The participants of the meeting discussed the results of the work of the working groups within the framework of the implementation of the “Rukhani Zhangyru” program at the national and regional levels. The participants attributed the President’s approval of the Kazakh alphabet based on the Latin script, the creation of the National Translation Agency, the translation into the state language and the digitization of 17 best world textbooks in the field of socioeconomic and humanitarian knowledge, implementation of the project “100 new persons of Kazakhstan” to the results of the implementation of the “Rukhani Zhangyru” program in 2017.
We note that Kazakhstan has a virtual map of sacral objects with 3D tours, Dalatunes Internet resource providing digital access to the best Kazakh music. During 2017, 13 thousand pieces of music, 1,2 thousand notes and 1,7 thousand chords were loaded onto it. The cultural figures made about 20 foreign tours, the Days of Kazakh cinema were held in the USA and Italy.
Within the framework of the “Tugan Zher” project, 735 facilities have been landscaped and restored. Patrons allocated more than 51 billion tenge for this. As it was announced during the meeting, the work is actively carried out to digitize museum funds at the national and regional levels. In Kostanai region 24.5 percent of exhibits were transferred to the digital format, 23 percent in Aktobe region, 20 percent in Atyrau region, 19 percent in Karaganda region, 18 percent in Akmola region, and 14.8 percent in Mangistau region.
In her speech head of the working group on the project “Modern Kazakhstan culture in the global world” Aida Balayeva told about the launch of the projects “Theater Laboratory” and “Literary Belt”.
“The theatre laboratory as a single creative team of young artists from all regions of the country will contribute to the discovery of the creative potential, enhance the level of acting skills and will enable regional actors to play in plays under the direction of famous world directors “, Aida Balayeva said.
Within the framework of the “Literary Belt” project, a pool of gifted writers will be formed, their work will be devoted to all regions of the country, their history, originality and cultural features. According to her, this will ensure the support and wide involvement of the literary community in the process of modernization of public consciousness and will give a powerful impetus to the development of modern literature.
Thus, speaking of the implementation of some of the programs, we can say that the work does not consist only in meetings and discussions.
A lot of projects were realized during the year. Kazakhstanis happily take part in forums, meetings. The young generation actively takes the initiative in promoting the main aspects of the program. So, during the Congress of the youth branch “Zhas Otan” held in Astana, the speakers repeatedly noted the positive impact of the President’s program article on the consciousness of the youth.
To date, we can say that the citizens of Kazakhstan do not stand aside, the people supported the President’s ideas about the revival of the traditions of the ancestors. Everyone wants to contribute to this global cause. This shows that the article of the Head of State did not leave the people indifferent, and each of us looks forward with enthusiasm.
Source: Kazakhstan 2050