Abai’s Works – Global Heritage
Vice Rector of the Khoja Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University, Kamalbek Berkimbayev, who holds PHD in Education, believes that poems and “Words of Edification” of Abai Kunanbaiuly are heritage of Kazakhs and the entire world. He opined that each country is associated with a remarkable person and Abai is a brand of Kazakhstan. His works are still relevant and Abai Studies is being introduced in schools.
Kamalbek Berkimbayev also highlighted that the president’s article promotes Abai’s works among Kazakhs and foreigners. The article is dedicated to the celebration of the upcoming anniversary of the outstanding Kazakh poet and educator.
“Abai told people to study and educate themselves. He wanted his compatriots to become worthy members of society and thus, to glorify the country. He wrote about this in his works. The president’s article says about the opportunity of glorifying our country thanks to Abai and to make him a brand of the country,” Berkimbayev said.
Kostanai intellectuals believe that literary legacy of Abai should be introduced in higher and secondary educational institutions. They concluded this after reading the “Abai and Kazakhstan in the 21st century” article of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
“Everyone can understand the concept of a complete person by discovering Abai’s idea. Therefore, classes where students will study works of the great Kazakh poet are necessary in higher and specialized secondary educational institutions,” said PHD Candidate in Philology, Professor, Karlygash Nurmukhambetova.