Parliament Develops Plan to Improve Cultural Sphere

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Akhan Bizhanov, member of the Mazhilis Committee for Social and Cultural Development and Science.

The Kazakh Parliament is developing a new working concept on cultural policy, according to a recent announcement by Akhan Bizhanov, member of the Mazhilis Committee for Social and Cultural Development and Science.

“Scientists, experts and artists were involved in the process. The concept was approved and is now going to be consistently implemented, as we have already approved the budget. We are also planning to improve the law ‘On Culture.’  A group of parliamentarians is working on this issue and proposes to introduce a new law in the cultural sphere,” said Bizhanov during a briefing at the Central Communications Services under the President.

He also noted that the Cultural Heritage state programme will be improved soon, so that it will correlate with the idea of Mangilik El (Eternal Nation) which is aimed at building a national identity for Kazakhstan, as suggested by President Nursultan Nazarbayev during his Jan. 17, 2014 address to the nation.

Regional centres are also working to improve the cultural sphere. Additionally, as per request of the President, the country will continue developing its preschool education system.

“About 102 billion tenge (US$550 million) were allocated to realise the Balapan state programme and the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan is working on further improvement of the programme in accordance with the requirements of the day. In order to continue supporting preschool education, we have been given about 76 billion tenge (US$409 million); about 20 billion (US$107 million) tenge were allocated for the construction needs of kindergartens,” said Bizhanov.

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