15/03/10 - Youth-First Policy in Uzbekistan Finds High Appreciation in India

posted 2 May 2012, 05:12 by Doston Omonov   [ updated 2 May 2012, 05:23 ]

Announcement of 2010 as the Year of Comprehensively Advanced Generation in Uzbekistan is a logical continuation of wide-ranging measures aimed at creating the necessary opportunities and conditions to ensure that the younger generation in Uzbekistan will grow not only physically and mentally healthy, but comprehensively advanced and intelligent as well. 

These thoughts and concerns were communicated to the participants of the presentation held in our country's embassy in India. The event was attended by ambassadors of foreign countries, representatives of sociopolitical, cultural, humanitarian and business communities, heads of leading Indian firms and companies, analysts and experts engaged in research in Central Asia, journalists, as well as Uzbek students studying in universities of the Indian capital. 

Participants focused on the fact that various youth movements, organizations and foundations that direct their activities toward improving the system of professional training, school education, physical education of youth are functioning in the country. Due to this, the youth plays an increasingly important role in the economic, political, social and cultural life of the country. 

In particular, one of the largest organizations is Kamolot Civic Youth Movement uniting around 5 million young people. 

In addition, a large number of large-scale projects to support young people are carried out by nongovernmental non-profit organizations. One of them is the Fund “Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan” which initiates and supports several major projects aimed at assisting talented and gifted young people in order to provide them with the necessary conditions to fully realize their intellectual and creative potential. 

Participants of the presentation also shared their assessments of the youth policy in Uzbekistan. In particular, a prominent social activist, co-chairman of the Chamber of Commerce India-CIS Bal Ram Saini said that he had an opportunity to get acquainted with the achievements of the republic in supporting the younger generation during visits to Uzbekistan. 

“Last time I had such an opportunity during parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan this December, where I was an international observer,” said Bal Ram Saini. “During visits to the polling stations, I asked young voters what they think about the elections, the country's political life and was pleasantly surprised by the answers of young people, their views on the significance of the election to life, especially the election campaign of candidates. From each young man or woman, I have heard sober, well-reasoned responses and evaluation of internal and external political processes, while they clearly understood the essence of the reforms and changes implemented in the country.” 

The representative of the Secretary General of the League of Arab States in India, Salim Saleh al-Vahishi noted that he is well familiar with the measures of the Uzbek government to support youth. 

“Uzbekistan is a land of great scholars and theologians who have made invaluable contribution to the development of world civilization, science and culture,” he said. “I observe with great interest how people in Uzbekistan guard their ancient and unique spiritual and cultural heritage, teach the youth to love this priceless wealth. The country undertakes massive efforts to provide youth with best knowledge and access to information and communication networks, improve their health and physical fitness.” 

“I am confident that within the announced Year of Comprehensively Advanced Generation in Uzbekistan noble deeds towards full support of young people will gain new impetus, embracing new ideas and initiatives. And the Uzbek youth will be worthy successors of the noble traditions and deeds of their great ancestors.” 

Editor-in-chief of sarkaritel.com information-analytical portal Ameya Sathaye noted that last year he had an opportunity to participate in the Style.uz festival organized by the Fund “Forum of Culture and Art of Uzbekistan”. 

“I was amazed by the great work conducted in Uzbekistan for the better of young people,” the journalist said. Everything - from the beginning to the end of this prestigious international event attended by world stars, was organized and brilliantly performed by young people, most of them are even members of the Fund - they were volunteers who wanted to participate in the process, gain experience, to feel their involvement in this important and interesting event. I was pleasantly surprised by their professionalism. 

I think the success of Uzbekistan in the work with the younger generation is ensured by the fact that young people understand their crucial role in the present and future of the country, young people feel that they can bring real benefits to their motherland. 

Uzbek youth understand that their welfare is crucial for the country that has managed to raise a really comprehensively advanced generation in all respects during the independence.”