Like other countries, Kazakhstan tries to keep abreast of all the news happening in the world, to be at the center of development and growth, and to make and share our experiences and knowledge.
One such process is the development in Kazakhstan of the Kazakh Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia. The main objective of the project is carried out in Kazakhstan through the establishment of a Wikipedia community, which seeks to increase the quantity and quality of the articles in Kazakh. Writing and editing articles is becoming an intellectual hobby of people who care about language and education in the country. At the same time, writing articles promotes online literacy for people who are beginning to explore the Internet.
The WikiBilim Public Foundation is one of the most active organizations supporting this initiative. It has contributed to increasing the number of articles and recruiting more volunteers to contribute. Through various initiatives, it has worked to inform people about Wikipedia in general, about writing articles, editing, presenting other Wikimedia projects and to an increase in interest and desire to contribute to the development of language. In this direction, WikiBilim members have approached various institutions and universities, they have spoken at various seminars and conferences, they have organized workshops to share information and they have staged various competitions to increase people’s interest in the projects.
One focus of our work has been dedicated to the creation of links with schools. As a result of many meetings and negotiations, we contacted the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools and helped them establish a “Wikipedia Club.” From February to May 2013, we held seminars and workshops for students and teachers in 10 public schools in Kazakhstan, events that were attended by over 300 students and 40 teachers. During the seminars, WikiBilim specialists performed not only the presentation, but also practical sessions to explain how to write encyclopedic articles, how to edit, upload photos and make links. We also introduced other Wikipedia projects, especially how to use Wiktionary and Wikibooks. During the workshops, students work both individually and in groups to write articles and then they present them in front of other students.