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 launches the 2020 Disability Talks series themed around three key concepts: disability, society, and inclusion in the context of Kazakhstan.
Timed to the 5th anniversary of the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Kazakhstan, this series of public talks aims to offer an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, reflection on the country’s pressing issues around disability and learning
from experiences of other CRPD signatories.
Within this series of monthly talks, the NU library will provide 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 Central Asia and Commonwealth of Independent States.
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 five 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. 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.
We invite all interested parties - experts, human rights 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 in Kazakhstan.
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.