Kazakhstan’s ‘Best Family’ to be Announced in September

best familyASTANA – The “best family of Kazakhstan” within the competition Mereilі Otbasywill be determined Sept. 12, announced Makhabbat Bekbossynova, chairwoman of the National Commission for Women, Family and Demographic Policy under the President, at a recent Central Communications Service (CCS) media briefing.

“The regional round of the competition took place May 23. It identified the best familiesthat will take part Sept. 12 in a big gala concert and Mereilі Otbasy, which will be held in the city. This concert will take place on the eve of Family Day and at that time the best family of Kazakhstan for the year will be declared,” explained Bekbossynova.

She recalled that the Mereilі Otbasy contest, conducted in two phases, started April 1 in all regions of Kazakhstan. Applications for participation in the competition were submitted by more than 500 families. Selection of participants was determined in the qualifying rounds in each region, as well as in Almaty and Astana.

“The first round was held at the level of cities and regions of our country. The second round was held at the level of regional centres and cities of Astana and Almaty, which determined the best family. But I want to say that the best family is certainly the conventional name,” said the head of the National Commission.

Bekbossynova also named the familiesthat reached the finals of the competition.

“In Astana,it is the Akhmetovs family. This is a very interesting family, a dynasty of railwaymen. In this family dynasty are 67 people andthey all work in Kazakhstan Temir Zholy. In Almaty the Zhumayevs, the family of alpinists,won.The head of this family conquered more than 14 of the highest peaks in the world. In the Akmola region,a family of teachers won, whoseteaching experience is more than 300 years. It was not easy for the competition committee to determine the finalists,” she added.

Systematic and comprehensive work was established on strengthening and improving the status of the family. The national competition is being held on the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to revive moral values and cultivate a positive image of marriage and family, as well as to raise the status of the family in the republic.

In 2013, Family Day and the annual Mereilі Otbasy were announced.

In districts (cities), the competition was organised by the department of internal policy of the district akimats (local administrations); in the regions, Astana and Almaty cities,the organisers were internal control policy under the overall supervision of akims (governors) of respective territorial units.

“Materials onthe 16 winners of regional competitions, as well as Astana and Almaty, which were held May 23, were presented to the National Commission for the final round. Defining the best family of the 16 contenders is based on the results of SMS and Internet voting. Information about the start of voting will be provided through the national TV channels,” Bekbossynova announced.

The name of the winner of Mereilі Otbasy will become known at the grand final on Sept. 12. TheTV show will be broadcast Sept. 14 on Family Day.

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