Yerkin Tatishev founded The High Tech Academy in 2019 to create a centre of excellence in Kazakhstan using the latest educational innovations. The project reflects our founder and CEO’s belief in the importance of access to a meaningful education and securing the future of the next generations.
The school’s curriculum emphasises project-based learning and follows the Korda and Finnish approach , requiring students use critical thinking to learn from real world experiences and foster collaboration.
The Academy encourages a holistic education, forming globally minded digital citizens with a creative growth mindset and a strong focus on intercultural learning. School facilities include a swimming pool, gym, art centre, and music school, encouraging students to engage with a wide range of artistic and athletic pursuits. The latest educational equipment allows students to explore their subjects to the fullest extent, including the FabLab with over ninety types of equipment.
The buildings, designed by Finnish architects Parviainen arkkitehdit, house a kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school.
When Covid-19 struck, we were quick to support those at greatest risk. In April 2020 we launched Kusto Help with the goal of providing material assistance to frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable families throughout Kazakhstan.
Since the establishment of the project, Kusto Help has donated over 1 billion KZT to support local communities and medical professionals during the pandemic, reaching tens of thousands of beneficiaries. Kusto Help used its resources to assist 12,000 low-income families, sending food packages and making investments to improve their living conditions and educational access. We likewise invested in frontline care, providing two ambulances to local hospitals, a minibus for an orphanage, and almost 400 million KZT worth of equipment and medicines to approximately 100 hospitals throughout Kazakhstan. Hospitals also received 80 tons of meat products to provide doctors and patients with the nutrition they need. Kusto Help also saw to it that the 155 families of medical personnel who died from coronavirus and pneumonia each received 1 million KZT.
Central to the successful implementation of our projects has been collaboration with volunteer organisations on the ground. These groupshelped to set up and deliver aid from Kusto Help to doctors, low-income families, orphans, pensioners and the disabled. Organisations like Arugan Sain, Mercy, Zello Help Aktobe, and many others are the real heroes of the pandemic.
While often challenging and costly, the impact of these efforts is profound. Through tireless work, we have achieved our goal of helping vulnerable communities and medical professionals overcome their battle with Covid-19. This experience has also brought Kusto staff together, and they received well deserved official recognition on 30 September 2020, when Kusto Help was one of six projects recognised by the President of Kazakhstan.
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