Lazzat Bulebayeva

2022 IVLP Impact Award Project: PEACE in the WORLDKazakhstan

Lazzat Bulebayeva is a CEO of educational and analytical center named GL Talimger. In September 2021, she and her co-founder created a non-governmental organization that provides education consulting services. These services include methodological support for schools, organization of regional workshops for academic staff and students and mentoring support for developing educational organizations. From 1998 to 2011, Lazzat was the director of the department of registers and classifications and the department of national accounts at the National Statistics Agency. From 2012 to 2018, she was the vice-chairman of the Committee for Control in Education and Science. From 2018 to 2020, Lazzat was the vice rector of strategic development and international cooperation at the Kazakh National Women's Teacher Training University. In this role, she was involved in projects such as celebrating International Day of Education and International Day of Women and Girls in Science with the UNESCO Cluster Office as well as moderating the "Rebuild Education Summit" session by the Varkey Foundation. From January to September 2021, Lazzat was a senior researcher at the Institute for Lifelong Learning at the Y. Altynsarin National Academy of Education. She provided research and methodological support for lifelong professional pedagogical education and organized conferences, seminars and applications for grants.

IVLP Impact Award Project: PEACE in the WORLD

"PEACE in the WORLD" was a digital creative art contest that opened up opportunities for children to explore the theme through their eyes and to demonstrate their contributions to societal development, not only at the regional level, but also at the global level. The contest was large-scale in its significance for the global community and in how it gives people across the globe an opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of art. This project of children' creative expression paved the way for Kazakhstan to become a global platform for strengthening peace. It was also a special cause for the nation, as 2022 was declared as the Year of Children for Kazakhstan. As a starting point, the project also had the potential to become an annual tradition that is expanded to other topics and causes.

The art contest was organized online through a website as modern technologies and particularly digital platforms have been integrated into peoples' lives and allow expanding access to resources, information, communities and networks for a wide range of people. It allowed not only the children of Kazakhstan to participate in the competition but also for the whole world to vote on the works with transparency and accessibility. The participants were children from Kazakhstan between the ages of 5 to 18, and several participants will be nominated per age category. The purpose of the contest was to uplift young voices against the war in Ukraine through art and individual expression, to stress the importance of peace on the planet, to support peaceful resolution of armed conflicts and dialogues, to bridge understanding and communication among cultures, to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine and to promote and support every child's creative ability and talent.

Lazzat’s virtual creative art contest engaged 900 local youth artwork submissions and awarded 12 lucky applicants as winners of the contest through online voting open to the community. This project allowed children from the ages of 5-18 to reflect on building peace in the world through a creative outlet. Many teachers, parents, and schools reached out to Ms. Bulebayeva to learn more about how to replicate this contest more times in schools and in the community in general.

See more artwork from the contest here:

"Thank you to the organizers for the wide coverage of the creativity and aspirations of our children. A wonderful competition and wonderful drawings." - Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Lazzat was a participant in the IVLP Project Digital education in the United States in 2022, organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

Her exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project: "I was very lucky and honored to represent Kazakhstan as a participant of the IVLP program in 2022. My acquaintance with U.S. education organizations inspired me. The teachers' enthusiasm and love for their work make them true professionals."

U.S. Communities Visited in 2022

Washington, DC; Des Moines, IA; New York City, NY; Cincinnati, OH

Country: Kazahkstan

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