University students in Astana visited the holy sites in Kazakhstan as part of the “Menin Yelim” project. The trip is intended for them to acquire knowledge of the past so they could successfully build a better future. The students visited the mausoleums of Arystan Baba, Aisha Bibi and Khoja Ahmed Yasawi.

YERASSYL ABIKENOV, STUDENT:

 - We arrived in Kyzylorda. Then we went to Turkistan and visited the mausoleums of Korkyt Ata and Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. We also went to the archeological site of Otrar. This trip left a lasting impression on us because prior to the trip we saw the holy sites only in books at schools and on television. We went to these sites and saw everything with our own eyes. It was an unforgettable trip. We had the opportunity to experience the history of our country.   

In Eastern Kazakhstan, the students visited the museum of Abai Kunanbayev, the mausoleum of Kozy Korpesh and Bayan Sulu and the Kurgan Memorial Complex. During the trip, the students met with scientists and local youth. By the end of the year, the university officials plan to organize trips to other regions of Kazakhstan for 300 students. They will be able to see ancient artifacts and visit ancient settlements there. 

ALIBEK MADIBEKOV, DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR, GUMILYOV EURASIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY:

- Kazakhstan has a rich history. We want our students to learn history not just from textbooks or mass media but also to talk directly with the local residents, who can provide interesting information. The project aims not only at the promotion our historical sites, but also at interactions among the young people and exchange of the projects as part of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program.  

The “Menin Yelim” project is aimed at students’ knowledge of their history, understanding the importance of the holy sites and learning the values of the Kazakh culture. All these tasks are part of the cultural renewal idea announced by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

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