Matija Gubec International School in Zagreb hosted a cultural event dedicated to Kazakh language's modern development and the introduction of the Latin alphabet in Kazakhstan. The event was held to mark the International Mother Language Day.
Embassy of Kazakhstan to Croatia held an open lesson for students and teachers of the school themed "Kazakh language in Latin alphabet" on February 22, 2018. The event included a presentation of Abai Kunanbayev's poems, popular songs by Shamshi Kaldayakov and a video about Kazakhstan's achievements since its Independence.
Event participants were introduced to unique traditions of Kazakh folk art - the art of akyns and folklore, as well as the rich literary, poetic and philosophical heritage of Kazakhstan. Presenters emphasized the importance of the measures taken by the Kazakh leadership aimed at preserving and developing Kazakhstan's native language and culture. It was highlighted that the implementation of the "Ruhani zhangyru" (Modernization of national identity) program initiated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the transition of the Kazakh alphabet into Latin script will take the linguistic, cultural and spiritual development of Kazakhstan to a new level.
The International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by UNESCO in 1999 and is annually held on February 21. Its primary aim is to develop languages and cultural traditions of the world.