TRANSITION TO LATIN SCRIPT
Transition of the Kazakh alphabet to the Latin script was discussed at the meeting of the National Coalition of Democratic Forces "Kazakhstan 2050". According to parliament members and public figures, this decision is strategically important for Kazakhstan. President Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed this idea at a time when Kazakhstan has already formed up as one of the most respected, stable and harmonious states in the world. According to the meeting participants, the transition to the Latin alphabet solves a number of issues. Firstly, it creates favorable conditions for learning English language, integrating Kazakhstan citizens into the global community. Secondly, it opens new opportunities for access to the latest achievements in science and technology. Thirdly, it unites all Kazakhs living in more than 40 countries worldwide.
MUKHTAR KUL-MUHAMMED, FIRST DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, NUR OTAN PARTY:
- The rich heritage of Kazakh literature will be converted into electronic format in Latin script. Transition to a new alphabet will expand horizons of national culture and literature. Therefore, representatives of the Kazakh intelligentsia should be in the forefront of this process. As for the future, we will never abandon the Russian language and our unique bilingualism. We will only encourage it.
AZAT PERUASHEV, MEMBER OF MAZHILIS, LOWER HOUSE OF KAZAKH PARLIAMENT:
- Transition to the Latin script opens a door to the new world where young people and educations system gets direct access to the global information system.
ZHAMBYL AKHMETBEKOV, MEMBER OF MAZHILIS, LOWER HOUSE OF KAZAKH PARLIAMENT:
- We think that it brings together the Turkic states that have already adopted the Latin script, such as Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Turkey. Kazakhstan is the fifth country to adopt the Latin script. Globalization, new technologies urge our nation to use the Latin script.
Draft of the Unified Standard of the new alphabet was considered at the meeting. Members of the Coalition made an Appeal to the people of Kazakhstan. It expressed support for reforms and a call for taking an active part in the discussion of the adoption of the new Kazakh alphabet based on the Latin script.