Discover Kazakhstan

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Уважаемые читатели! Редакция журнала «KAZENERGY» совместно с АОО «Назарбаев Интеллектуальные школы» начинает серию публикаций 20 лучших сочинений на английском языке по итогам конкурса эссе «Discover Kazakhstan» («Открой для себя Казахстан»).

Конкурс эссе «Discover Kazakhstan» («Открой для себя Казахстан») был инициирован АОО «Назарбаев Интеллектуальные школы». Он проводился среди учащихся общеобразовательных школ Казахстана и учащихся 7-11 классов Назарбаев Интеллектуальных школ.
Работы в виде сочинений на английском языке принимались в период с 15 октября по 15 ноября 2011 года. В целом поступило 329 эссе со всех регионов страны, из которых к конкурсу были допущены 102 сочинения. Каждая работа содержала индивидуальный и неповторимый стиль автора. Ребята в своих сочинениях рассказывали о родной стране, об ее уникальных местах, достопримечательностях, культуре, традициях и многом другом. В ближайшем будущем все эссе будут объединены в большой сборник, читателями которого станут иностранные школьники. Таким образом, казахстанские школьники расскажут своим зарубежным сверстникам о своей Родине – Республике Казахстан посредством международного английского языка.
По итогам конкурса, комиссия определила обладателей гран-при и первых трех призовых мест.
8 декабря 2011 года в Назарбаев Интеллектуальной школе физико-математического направления г. Астаны состоялась церемония награждения победителей и лауреатов конкурса эссе - 20 лучших авторов получили дипломы и 20 ценных призов к 20-летию Независимости. Победители конкурса приобрели уникальную возможность опубликовать свои работы в журнале «KAZENERGY». В первом номере журнала в 2012 году мы рады презентовать вам сочинения Диляры Увашевой, ученицы 9 класса Назарбаев Интеллектуальной школы физико-математического направления г.Семей - обладательницы гран-при конкурса эссе «Discover Kazakhstan» («Открой для себя Казахстан») и Айши Сагындык, ученицы 10 класса школы - гимназии №8, г.Шымкент - обладательницы 1 места.

Aisha Sagyndyk,
Specialized Gymnasium №8 for Gifted Children with teaching in three languages after M.Kh.Dulati
Discover Kazakhstan Essay
1 Place Winner

The truth about truly dombyra - like Kazakhstan people

Since my English teacher told me about the essay about Kazakhstan I have been really interested in such an amazing offer for students. I feel that writing about one’s Fatherland provides more advantages to the participants of this competition than just ordinary compositions at schools. Due to it you are considered to be one who adds a word about his country reporting device for experience exchange with foreigners visiting Kazakhstan or having trips with different purposes and never stops for defining a framework for it. So what are peculiar features of Kazakhstan that make me go deep in this essay?
As stated by a well-known poet Kadyr Myrzaliev, true Kazakh people are considered to be like the DOMBYRA. Additionally, I dare say that even each letter of the word goes beyond this idea: any citizen of Kazakhstan looks like this national instrument. First of all, thanks to DEMOCRATIC policy of the president NursultanNazarbayev we are becoming stronger and stronger in different spheres of human activities. I would exemplify with two main trends which are worthy to mention here: healthcare and educational system. The frst one has risen signifcantly and a person can be treated free of charge, although, he can choose fee-paying medical one as well. And the latter is resulted from realizing the program "100 schools, 100 hospitals" which let a large number of people lay the foundations for healthy and reasonable life ahead of them.
Another point is being OPPORTUNE in shaping our future lives. Nowadays a lot of schoolchildren are able to learn and acquire new knowledge and, furthermore, they are offered to get skills adapted and kept up with changing events by “Bolashak” program and Nazarbayev University.
It is noteworthy that everyone is quite MOBILE with getting valuable life skills so that he can ft in with accelerated pace of modern life. Yet we are really motivated to take part in the international Olympiads, contests and sports competitions as well. We are proud of sportsmen in athletics, boxing, cross-country skiing, cycling, ice hockey, and rhythmic gymnastics. For most foreigners to meet BLESSED Kazakhstani people goes without saying. Indeed, they are surrounded by more engrossing atmosphere - 140 ethnically, culturally and religiously diversifed groups living in peace and agreement. One can easily fnd enormous mosques, magnifcent churches and other temples of 46 religious communities. Moreover, for the majority of people not only does the country give an opportunity to present thoughts, dreams, feelings and life experience in both personal and national ways but it also endows a great source of both learning and teaching a language through their mother tongue.
And one of the most striking features is to have YEARNING people. As a result we are forwarding in most important world recognized political or sports events - successful chairmanship of Kazakhstan in OSCE, OIC, SCO and it is paramount of importance to point that Kazakhstan won the same amount of gold medals as it did in 2007. We are easily recognized and welcome by having celebrated the anniversaries of outstanding Kazakh celebrities like Abai, zhambyl, Mukhtar Auezov which were under the UNESCO supervision.
Another option for you is visiting the most picturesque places including Kokshetau, Shymkent, Almaty, Alakol, Balkhash and the east of Kazakhstan. You will be stunned with nature and art masterpieces like scribed huge stones, Yassavi, Domalak Ana, Aisha Bibi mausoleums and other art masterpieces as whole crafted for many centuries as well as a vivid exhibition of customs, traditions and inimitable games - Kyz kuu, Altybakan, Aksuek. As stated by president of the Republic of Kazakhstan only here you will find people REALISTIC as they know that despite their belonging to different nationalities everyone is secured to have all his rights and freedom highly protected. And ARMED with a politically stable state, intercultural and ethnic tolerance mentality you will have out-of-the-world experience in trying national drinks like kumis, shubat, meals such as baursak, beshbarmak, kazy, kuirdak, zhal-zhaya.

So if you want to be a leader in the centre of Eurasia, don’t hesitate, come and have a try to be the real DOMBYRA as we have already decided that you deserve the sacred instrument.


Dilyara Uvasheva
Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics, Semey
Grade 9, Discover
Kazakhstan Essay
Competition Grand Prix

To the sound of the wind
It is quiet. There is a gentle wind which is caressing my motherland. My hair is streaming in the wind. The wind blows refreshingly. It blows the morning freshness. The melody of the wind is wafted to my ears while I am standing moveless. Still and reassuring sounds create an inner harmony. When I breathe the fresh air and see how the wind is swaying the bushes of the feather grass, I feel like I am standing in the middle of the ocean surrounded by waves. I feel a bitter smell of wormwood, the smell of my native country. Inadvertently, I close my eyes and feel like I am in the Paradise. Exactly at this moment I think: “There is no place like this!” My heart is being filled with love and warm feelings are seizing me. It is an indescribable beauty, which makes me surprised.

There is always something wonderful, miraculous and even magic in this world. In my opinion, it is a motherland. I open my eyes and warm rays, like golden threads fromsun, blind me. When I look back, I see a horizon. And there are many horses running fast along the horizon. They are free and majestic. I have been watching with admiration these fast and precious creatures of Kazakh steppe for a long time. Time is passing. I have lost the track of time, but I can’t compare the passed time with anything I’ve seen today. I’m going along the beaten path. My heart is trembling. Throwing back my head I’m looking at the sky. It attracts my eyes reminding me of fathomless sea. An eagle appeared and circled in the sky, moving its strong wings.

The freedom-loving bird is presented on our national fag not without reason. It has been 20 years as we live in peace and harmony. We are confdent about our future. Our solidary and frm Kazakhstan has gained a lot of important achievements till today. That’s why this versatile and wonderful country is precious for all of us. Since olden times Kazakhstan people are patriots. Kazakh people are hospitable, always ready to help, with open and easy going character. I’m really proud of such features of my nation. I think that these are the most valuable things in human nature. Kindness and love to everything surrounding you is invaluable. I’m very proud of people who were born on our land and who brought fame to our country. They are: AbayKunanbayev, IbrayAltynsarin, ShakarimKudayberdiev. The only thing we can do is to admire of greatness of their thoughts. There are also many interesting customs in Kazakh culture. During centuries Kazakh people tried to keep their customs, which were passed from one generation to another one. These customs were successfully preserved till nowadays. For example, aitys is a contest of improvisation and resourcefulness. Versatile and acute thoughts are formed in verse to a sound of dombra. It is extremely interesting to listen to aitys and admire such eloquent people. When I listen to the melodious mother tongue, it seems like I am sinking into the past of my nation. I feel that patriotic sentiment is growing inside of me with every minute spent on my motherland. Thoughts fll my mind about my native land, my Kazakhstan. I am happy to stand right here, on my land, watching all the beauty of our nature. I am standing and listening to every sound of the wind. My lungs are flled with light sense of my native land. Unexpectedly, someone called me. It is time to leave. There is something heavy in my heart and an ache is burning me inside. Only I know what I felt during these hours, which passed so quickly. They’ve put unforgettable memories in my soul.