8 June 2024

35 Universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan discussed INNOVATIVE APPROACHES IN INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

EKU S. Amanzholov hosted a field joint meeting of the Training and Methodological Association in the areas of “Special Pedagogy” and “Health” on the theme: “Inclusive Education: Innovative Approaches and Challenges”. It was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, as well as representatives of 35 universities of the country. In the first part of the session entitled “Model and Concept of Inclusive Education” the Rector of Sarsen Amanzholov East Kazakhstan University Mukhtar Tolegen made a welcoming speech.

– The topic that is being discussed today is very important for Kazakhstan, as statistics is increasing and shows a huge growth of children with disabilities. Only in East Kazakhstan there are 10 896 children with special educational needs. In EKU named after. S. Amanzholov from this academic year began training students in the educational program “Pedagogy of early support” and “Ergopedagogy” where 25 people are trained. The university has already changed its approaches in the academic activity in the training of such specialists: the number of practical classes has been increased, dual training is actively developed from the second year on the basis of the created Center for Continuous and Inclusive Education “DANA BALA”, – said Mukhtar Tolegen.

Today 14 universities train specialists in the field of inclusion, but the experts proposed a complete upgrade of educational programs in this area. For example, there was a proposal that university graduates should leave higher education institutions with knowledge in the field of medicine and psychology.

– Amanzholov University was the first to implement the educational program “Ergopedagogist”, it is encouraging that the educational program “Early Development Pedagogy” is also available for students. Today’s meeting is a great opportunity to identify new challenges and engage in their implementation in practice, – said Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Higher and Postgraduate Education of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan Gulzhan Jarasova.

At the end of the meeting it was decided to work out the issue of opening a faculty of rehabilitation science in higher educational institutions and allocation of additional grants for training of doctors on specialties “rehabilitation therapist”, “kinesitherapist”, “ergotherapist”. Also to develop a joint educational program in the direction of “Training of specialists in special pedagogy” with the inclusion of programs in the direction of children’s rehabilitation. No less important proposal was the training and retraining of specialists for teaching children with hearing, vision, speech, locomotor apparatus, mental retardation, autism within the framework of “Special Pedagogy”.