Nazarbayev Intellectual School Libraries: The Development of Functional Literacy and Reading Skills
Keywords:Kazakhstan, Nazarbayev Intellectual School, NIS, functional literacy, reading, methods, teacher-librarian, library activities, school library role, reading projects, reading promotion, research skills
Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) are a testing site for piloting innovations in teaching and learning in Kazakhstan’s formal education system. Fostering the development of multicultural, strong-minded students is a key component of an NIS school, and the library certainly plays an important role in the formation and development of students. This article presents the practical knowledge of NIS librarians which was gained through such practices as the use of applied gaming methods to promote reading, the development of information and functional literacy, the development of research skills and the development of functional literacy. School library activities should not have limitations; the school library is a center for reading, creativity and intellectual development. By using new methods, constantly improving and maintaining a friendly atmosphere, the school library will be able to maintain its relevance for students. Additionally, the school librarian will act as a guide for students as they explore the worlds of reading, imagination and academic achievements.