ASTANA – A new series of postage stamps designed by orphans to be used by Kazakhstan’s postal service were unveiled on Jan. 14 during a ceremony at the Children’s House orphanage.
The four stamps titled “Paintings of Children,” which were produced under the subject heading “Heroes of Kazakh Fairy Tales,” were unveiled by the Committee for the Protection of Children’s Rights of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan and KazPost.
According to Deputy Chairwoman of the Committee for the Protection of Children’s Rights Ayash Makenova, the orphans’ artworks were imprinted on postage stamps issued by KazPost.
“Kazakhstan has always paid special attention to the protection of the rights of minors in the country. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Ministry of Education and Science, together with KazPost, organised a children’s drawing competition among the children in orphanages in Kazakhstan, who very positively responded to our initiative. Our aim is that these children always feel cared about and develop their creative abilities,” said Makenova at the unveiling ceremony.
According to Murat Zharilkaganov, deputy chairman of KazPost, more than 200 drawings from orphans from across Kazakhstan were received as part of the competition, four of which became official stamps.
“Today, we present four stamps depicting drawings of the winners of this competition. I am confident that these stamps will be very popular among philatelists. It’s nice that Kazakh children know and love Kazakh folk tales,” the deputy chairman said while officially releasing the stamps into circulation.
Makenova stressed that by joining the Convention on the Rights of the Child from the first days of Kazakhstan’s independence, the country has consistently safeguarded the lives and rights of children and created conditions for quality education.
The four new stamps Kazpost released into circulation were drawn by Dmitry Talipov from the Zhambyl region, Elvira Mushtubayeva from the West Kazakhstan region, Alexander Sidorov from the Kostanai region and Raissa Vassilenko from Astana.
The circulation volume of the “Paintings of Children” stamps is 40,000 copies.