In collaboration with Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education (NUGSE), Astana, Kazakhstan, NORRAG has launched the Russian-language version of NORRAG Special Issue 01: The Right to Education Movements and Policies: Promises and Realities. The Russian version is comprised of 14 context-relevant articles from the original English volume published in 2018 and is available in NORRAG Resource Library.
The launch event took place on 20 December 2018 at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, Astana, Kazakhstan and was attended by educational policy stakeholders, such as representatives from the Information and Analytical Center, Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools and Gumilov Eurasian National University, as well as Nazarbayev University faculty, staff and graduate students.
Speaking at the event via web link, Gita Steiner-Khamsi, NORRAG Director and Professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the Graduate Institute, Geneva, thanked Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education for their contribution which meant that NORRAG Special Issue 01 is now available in all UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. NSI 02 and NSI 03, which are due to be published in 2019, will also be available in UN official languages.
The content of the Russian version of NSI was presented by Alima Ibrasheva, Acting Director of the Research Institute of NUGSE. Authors of contextualised articles include Alima Ibrasheva and Adil Ashirbekov, Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University (Policies for equal access to higher education: time of reflection and conclusions) and Zakir Jumakulov, Acting Director of NUGSE Research Institute (State financial assistance in access to higher education in Kazakhstan: provided to more “talented” or to more needy?).
The first volume of NORRAG Special Issue (NSI), launched in January 2018, is dedicated to examining international frameworks and national policy as well as the challenges of fulfilling the right to education in practice. It highlights global and national-level experiences and perspectives on guaranteeing the right to education in accordance with international agreements, national constitutions, legislation, and policy. This issue attempts to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and advocacy and policy, in international educational development.
The NSI series aims to further decentralize NORRAG’s knowledge production by promoting and engaging NORRAG members from the South. Guest editors Dr. Archana Mehendale and Dr. Rahul Mukhopadhyay, distinguished education scholars based in India, have developed this first volume which contains, in its English version, more than 30 contributions from academic researchers, UN organizations, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and policymakers.
More information and pictures of the launch event: Nazarbayev University
On NSI, Dr.Koumbou Boly Barry, Special UN Rapporteur on the Right to Education said “NORRAG Special Issue 01 is a timely issue. In 2018, it has been 70 years since the convention on human rights was set up and especially its implementation started. It is useful to ensure we are able to take stock, so I thank NORRAG to have given us the opportunity to celebrate this milestone”.