Kamila Rollan, a third-year PhD student at the Faculty of Education, has been appointed a member of the Presidential Council for Youth Policy by the State Secretary of Kazakhstan. This council is a main advising and decision-making body on youth policy in Kazakhstan.
State Secretary of Kazakhstan, Yerlan Karin, said:
‘[The council] includes public activists, young scientists and entrepreneurs, representatives of different regions, rural and creative youth,and leaders of youth organisations. All of them are recognised professionals in their fields, well aware of current youth problems and having authority and trust among the young population […] The new team will participate in the development of conceptual documents and practical recommendations for improving youth policy […] At this new stage in the development of our country, the Council will become an effective platform for the systematic advancement of the youth agenda.’
Following government resignation in January 2022 as a result of country-wide public protests, Kazakhstan has been actively working on building more democratic and trustworthy institutions. New faces were introduced to the public policy-making arena, and Kamila was approached to become one of those.
Kamila is researching the system level engagement of the civil society in education reforms on the case of Inclusive Education reform in Central Asia. Before joining Clare Hall, she was a founder and a leader of a non-profit education organisation and worked as a national expert on education and child protection at UNICEF Kazakhstan.