The CAS project of Imran Kaliyev02.02.2018
Miras International School, Astana, is proud of its students and support young leaders to develop as scholars and contribute in positive ways to the community. Imran Kaliyev has been studying in our school for seven years, and since the beginning, he has demonstrated excellent self-management and analytical skills. Imran is successful academically, and extends his learning to include the local community and the international community. He has worked closely with a local company that helps fit low-income disabled people in Kazakhstan with prosthetics. Recently, he traveled to the United States on a scholarship for a summer program at Harvard Business School.
Today, Imran Kaliyev is in his final year of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. While preparing for his final examinations, Imran is active in CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) projects. One of the Imran's projects is related to the provision of mechanical prostheses for disabled children from low-income families in Kazakhstan. He works with the Russian company Matorica to discuss the means of the purchase and installation of the prostheses. Children with physical disabilities and their families from all over Kazakhstan are invited to Astana; the travel costs for families are covered, and the family is supported in the process of learning to use the prostheses.
These disabled children in Kazakhstan cope with not only the dual challenges of poverty and disability but also the prejudice and social misconceptions about people with disabilities. The first feeling that people tend to experience when they see the disabled person is pity and compassion. Such attitudes towards disabled people may have an adverse effect on their confidence and behavior. This project aims to address the psychological and social aspects of living with a disability, as well as the physical support--encouraging and empowering children to live full and satisfying lives.
Imagine a child with a disability gaining a superpower. The prostheses from Matorica are personalized to meet the needs of the individual. One design, in particular, demonstrates the how stereotypes can be challenged and children empowered: a prosthetic arm can be designed to look like an arm of Iron Man.
So far, the project has seen positive results: one first grade student has enrolled in school with success, leading a "normal" life; another child has adjusted to the prosthesis with such success that he has enjoyed learning dramatic arts, performed on stage—acting and dancing.