Evidence on Inclusive Education in Kazakhstan based on a Formative and a Big Data Evaluation

A Tale of Two Studies

Inclusive education in Pavlodar


The objective of the JB formative evaluation was to examine the functioning of the state education programmes between 2011 and 2021 with a special focus on inclusivity. This covered children from pre-school to secondary school levels. The Big data evaluation or Social Media Listening (SML) study focused on the same age group of children and aimed to further the understanding of different stakeholder perspectives, as expressed via social media and online news media outlets. The demography of Kazakhstan reflects that it is a relatively young country. Given that the youth are more inclined to using social media, this is an important source of discussions in the country,
including those on inclusive education. 

Together, the findings from these complementary studies generated insights for UNICEF, the Ministry of Education, and the Government of Kazakhstan to inform future strategies and policies iт the area of transformation of inclusive education. These findings may also be useful for non-governmental organisations and other scientific institutions who are actively working or supporting investments in inclusive education. This document synthesises the evidence generated and provides actionable points to improve inclusive education outcomes in the country.

Arseniy Gurin, Udayan Rathore, Zhanar Zhaxylykova
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Kazakh, Russian, English