The UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, in cooperation with the Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs and with the support of the Akimat of the Mangystau region, held a training seminar on the implementation of the project “Indicators of Cultural Development”in Aktau from October 19 to 20, 2016.

 

This project was implemented within the framework of the joint program of the United Nations and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan to expand the opportunities of the Mangystau region in achieving sustainable development.


The purpose of the Training Seminar is to familiarize representatives of state bodies, cultural centers and the non-governmental sector with the methodology of using cultural indicators for the development of the socio-economic sphere of the state. The event was attended by representatives of leading organizations in the field of education and culture of the Mangystau region and the cities of Almaty and Astana. A UNESCO special consultant on the project “Indicators of Cultural Development”was invited to conduct the seminar.


During the work, the participants got acquainted with the best practices of other countries on the use of “Cultural Development Indicators” and tools for their implementation, and also worked in groups on the implementation of the project in Kazakhstan, taking into account local cultural characteristics.


In addition, the program included a visit to the UNESCO Club – the Children’s Art School of Aktau. The school management organized an exhibition of the best creative works of children, and students of the music and choreography department demonstrated their skills. During the visit, the participants of the training got acquainted with the process of creative learning, which is one of the key indicators for cultural development.


Of course, the meeting served as a good opportunity to strengthen cooperation between participants who are indirectly or directly related to the cultural sphere, along with those who invest and benefit from it. Special attention was also paid to strengthening cooperation in the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions at the level of the country and the region as a whole.