Ybray Altynsarin with Students on the Picture

This is a picture that was taken in 1889 in Kazakh city of Kostanay. Ybray Altynsarin, the inspector of public schools in Turgay oblast, was photographed next to the students of a local two-year Russian-Kazakh school. Prominent educator was a very busy man, and this must be the only photograph of him ever taken. In the group photo we can see inspector Altynsarin, his colleagues and 17 boys. By the way, that was the exact number of pupils who enrolled to the very first school established by Altynsarin in Turgay 25 years before this picture was taken.