Within the framework of the article by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan K.K.Tokayev “Independence is the most expensive” and for the year of Children, the “Otyrar State Archaeological Museum-Reserve” organized a competition “Civilization of Otrar through the eyes of children”. The aim of the competition is to popularize the historical and cultural heritage, instill a sense of patriotism in the younger generation, inspire talented children to study the history of their native land. Students of grades 8-11 participated in the competition. The competition consisted of three stages. Stage 1 is called “Journey into the past”. At the 1st stage, the participants were shown videos about the historical and cultural heritage of the Otrar oasis. At the second stage, “The Basis of Civilization”, the participants provided one painted picture showing the historical and cultural heritage of the Otrar oasis. The final stage is called a “Valuable Document”. The essence of this stage is to replenish the museum’s fund with valuable documents. For example, letters of WWII participants, photographs, manuscripts, written sources about the myths and legends of the Otrar oasis. The participants themselves familiarized themselves with the documents provided.
The jury of the competition consisted of the chairman of the public association “Literature and Art of Otrar”, honorary citizen of the Otrar district Kydyr Sagyndyk, excellent student of education of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zharparkulov Perdekhan and head of the department of the storehouse of the museum of the reserve Shokai Yeraly. Director of the museum-reserve Zhangeldi Makhashov summed up the competition, and noted that the competition was held at a high level and that this holding of this competition will become an annual tradition.
According to the results of the competition “Civilization of Otrar through the eyes of children”, the 1st place was taken by a team of participants from the small school “Syrdaria”. The prize fund was 100,000 tenge.
The 2nd place was taken by the team from the O.Zhanibekov boarding school. The prize fund is 50,000 tenge.
3rd place was taken by students from the secondary school named after Sh.Ualihanoap. The prize fund is 30,000 tenge.
Also, students from the Otyrar secondary school were awarded in the nomination “Best Video”, students from the Mynshukyr secondary school were awarded in the nomination “Valuable Document”, students from T.Ibragimov secondary school were awarded in the nomination “Best Artist”. The prize fund of each nomination was 20,000 tenge. For her talent in drawing Syzdyk Orazali was awarded a special award from the jury of the competition. As the pride of the Kazakh people O.Zhanibekov said
“Otrar is the golden cradle of Kazakh history for us. Otyrar is a platform of valor like Kulikovo, Borodino, Waterloo.” Popularization of the historical and cultural heritage of Otrar is the duty of every Otrar resident.
We thank the participants of our competition and their teachers on behalf of our team. We wish you creative success!