SPCE: Kazakhstan Update
UCA News #78: 18 April 2011
School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) - Kazakhstan Update
SPCE Kazakhstan tops photo competition
From 5 - 29 March 2011, InterPress, one of the largest distributors of foreign language learning books in Kazakhstan (http://interpress.kz/), held an English Classroom Photo Competition among English language teachers and instructors from Kazakhstan’s secondary schools and other educational institutions.
SPCE, represented by Gaukhar Imsailova's English classroom, won the competition. Nazarbayev University came second, with Almaty secondary school placing third.
InterPress presented the winners with learning and reference materials, including Oxford dictionaries and advanced learning aids.
Advanced training for English teachers in Almaty Oblast
The University of Central Asia’s (UCA), School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) held an advanced training programme for English language secondary schoolteachers from Koksu and Karatal raions of the Almaty Oblast.
From 5 to 12 January this year, 34 teachers from Koksu Raionpublic schools received their first training sessions in the village of Balpak Bi. The teachers were invited to share common challenges and lessons on improving language skills training.
A second training programme was conducted from 29 March to 2 April, in Ush Tobe village, for 19 teachers introducing them to new teaching practices. As teachers in rural areas, cope with limited resources, do not have easy access to relevant, up-to-date curriculum, this training provides them with current requirements for foreign language instruction.
The initial advanced training was held in 2010, by the British Council for SPCE instructors. Thereafter, SPCE adapted this programme for the specific needs of Almaty Oblast secondary schools. The curriculum received approval from the Professional Improvement Institute (Almaty); and graduates now receive diplomas from the Institute. The advanced training courses also receive strong support and approval from the Oblast departments of education, sports and physical education.
Women Entrepreneurship Round Table
On 29 March SPCE Tekeli, in cooperation with the DAMU Regional Entrepreneurship Development Foundation and the Tekeli Department for Enterprise and Economic Development, hosted a round table on women entrepreneurship.
The event brought together Tekeli government representatives; A.S. Kanagatov, Deputy Tekeli Akim, representatives of regional entrepreneurship support organizations; O Lesik of the Damu Foundation, civil servants, and members from local NGOs, media and business sectors.
As part of SPCE’s cooperation with national enterprise development organizations and local government, SPCE interviewed 23 local women entrepreneurs to identify common concerns and needs and presented results of these interviews at the Round Table. The ‘Business Road Map – 2020’, Kazakh national entrepreneurship development programme and business advisory trainings were also shared at this session.