“Akelius gives children a unique opportunity to learn any language"
A teacher about teaching children literacy with the Akelius app
With the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the No. 60 School participates in the Akelius pilot program to improve migrant children’s literacy and provide additional literacy support to students.
"Since the project is aimed, among other things, at migrant children, our task is to identify and refer these children to literacy classes in a timely manner so that they do not lag behind in their studies - especially because lagging even in one subject greatly affects the overall well-being of children. We are working to prevent this," says Yekaterina Kavlis, Coordinator of Projects for the Protection of Children's Rights and Lawyer at the Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law.
Teachers also ensure effective learning by providing children with a tablet to access to the Akelius Platform and helping them with their homework.
"The value of using tablets is that it allows teachers to conduct lessons more efficiently, because with such a tool, teachers have the opportunity to work more individually with each child, even when pupils of different levels are in the same class. We are extending this approach to other schools in the city," says Akbota Bakytovna Yesematova, Head of the Department of Secondary and Preschool Education of the Center for Modernization of Education of the Astana Akimat.
Lessons via tablet are designed and scheduled by levels. Each child passes a test and scores points by moving from one level to another.
Both the school and other program participants provide methodological and organizational support for teachers in the project.
Experts from International Information Technology University provide methodological lesson planning and blended learning support to schools based on various successful methods, including student assessment.
The Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights helps to identify and refer potential Akelus program pupils to teachers. The Center for Modernization of Education of the Astana Akimat supports the program by providing methodological support, promoting novel learning approaches, exchanging and disseminating student results, and coordinating with other schools nationally.
"Awakening children’s desire to learn is my main principle at work. Akelius gives children a unique opportunity to learn any language, both with a teacher and individually. It is very important for me to acquire experience and skills integrating traditional learning with a digital resource," says Anar Baytabenova, a teacher at No.60 Astana Lyceum School.