On December 12, Faculty of Education and Humanities of SDU organized International Symposium on “Quality Education for Inclusive Societies: Cross-Cultural Participation” dedicated to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Symposium was attended by the representatives of the French Consulate, UNDP, Kazakh National University, The Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages, Institute Sorbonne Kazakhstan, Queen's University (Canada), Krosno State College (Poland) and DAAD Kazakhstan. At the very beginning of the symposium foreign delegates were introduced to Kazakh traditional art of Dombra Kuy.

IMG_5425.JPG The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious, aspirational and universal agenda to wipe out poverty through sustainable development by 2030. When it adopted the new Agenda in September 2015, the international community recognized that education was essential for the success of all 17 of its goals.  Ambitions for education are essentially captured in Sustainable Development Goal 4 which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

Symposium delegates stated that such events and the themes they addressed reflect the sincere concern across all sectors of society to ensure that everyone can have dignified lives and contribute to society." The ongoing crisis in the world has brought the discourse on inclusion and equality in the societies to the forefront. It was also highlighted that diversity enriches our democracies and facilitates our prosperity as well as a need to develop a strong sense of loyalty or responsibility towards all of humanity, IMG_8364.JPG  rather than only towards those sharing similar characteristics. It means that institutions, communities, and individuals look at the interest of each member of the human family, rather than only their own. By the end symposium, delegates adopted recommendations for fostering inclusive societies and right after professor Akbarov awarded certificates of appreciation to all plenary speakers.