Our mission

We seek to provide equal educational opportunities to uplift every child

How Connect-Ed started

The idea to start the project was inspired by education activists Gulnaz Kordanova and Daniyar Kusainov during quarantine, on April 8, 2020. They stayed at home 24/7 due to lockdown of COVID-19 and realized how important it is to have access to technology in order to keep working and be connected to the community. In fact, even in 2020, having a personal computer at home and stable access to the Internet and technology is still a privilege. Our initiative was immediately supported by the Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan, which allocated funds from a special reserve to help the most vulnerable groups of the population: among them are children left without access to computers and technologies. Our team consists of active enthusiasts who care about Educational equality.

Gulnaz Kordanova

Director and co-founder. Education Specialist. Leads our negotiations with partners, responsible for strategy and team management

Nessie Kozhakhmetova

Specialist in working with partners and donors and operational processes

Tomas Akynov

IT specialist. Developed our platform and is responsible for all technical issues

Gaukhar Aliyeva

Partner and Donor Relations Specialist

Nurtas Tasin

Collection and dispatch coordinator

Balnur Tazhikhan

Marketing Specialist. Responsible for process optimization in marketing and SMM

Shadiyar Makisheva

Project coordinator “I'm online now”. Also helps with work with donors and partners

Zaiida Nasyr

Accountant

Ainura Halliollaeva

Design specialist. Prepares visuals for our social media, branded products and website

Ayaulym Torebekkyzy

Digital Literacy Coordinator. Conducts digital literacy courses for children and parents.

Oxana Sakagami

Marketing Specialist. Responsible for process optimization in marketing and SMM

Edige Kinayat

Helps with filming videos for our website and social networks