Besides offering state-of-art resources and services, the NU Library strives to create a venue for knowledge-sharing and discussion on inclusive education in the NU community and beyond.
In line with this, the library regularly hosts thematic events and develops its outreach programs including assistive technologies trainings, disability-friendly communication workshops, and presentations of prominent books on inclusive education.
In furtherance of the Nazarbayev University’s commitment to inclusion of persons with disabilities, the NU Library in cooperation with NU Alumni Public Union hosts the NU Disability Talks series themed around three key concepts: disability, society, and inclusion in the context of Kazakhstan.
Within the series, the NU library provides a venue for open lectures, public talks, and discussions to engage and give voice to various Stakeholders including prominent disability rights advocates, activists, leaders of Kazakhstan’s disability community, human rights defenders, and experts from Kazakhstan and beyond.
in February 2015, the Republic of Kazakhstan joined the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), thus assuming a commitment to ensuring disability rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the country’s development agenda.
During the past years, Kazakhstan achieved significant progress in some areas and disability rights witnessed a palpable rise in the public discourse. However, in many other areas progress has been debatable and Access to public services and institutions, physical and digital spaces, quality education, and employment are challenges on the national and the local level alike. The national institutional framework for disability rights remains week and barely compliant with the CRPD. Consequently, a system-wide reform is required to strengthen national policies and institutions to ensure that the policies do not exacerbate discrimination, but rather promote inclusion.
This series aims to offer an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, reflection on the country’s pressing issues around disability, and learning from the experiences of other CRPD signatories. Thus, we invite all interested parties - experts, advocates, researchers, activists with or without disabilities - to contribute to and engage in a public conversation around the inclusion of persons with disabilities and different approaches to overcoming barriers towards an inclusive society.
Despite the global disruption brought about by the Covid-19 Pandemic, in 2020 we hosted several sessions within the NU Disability Talks both off and online.
Starting off with the presentation and discussion of Kazakhstan's alternative report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the series covered major issues in the implementation of the Convention, focusing on education, participation in the governance and conduct of public affairs, access to art and museum spaces, among others.
You will find all recorded webinars on the library Youtube channel.
Please see the Calendar for the schedule of events.
The Human Library is a worldwide movement for social change through conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices. The event provides a space where real people (human books) are on loan to readers. The goal is for the books to open up and share their stories. The readers ask valid questions to fully appreciate the life of the human books. Eventually this is expected to lessen discrimination, promote understanding and acceptance in the society.
Nazarbayev University Human Libraries started on March 30, 2016, and became a regular event. So far, we were able to invite people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+, young women in science among others.