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Nekruz Ismoilov

President & CEO, NeksNuts, Inc.

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How do you think we can motivate young people to perceived and purposeful studying?

On the one hand, the flow of information nowadays is incredibly huge: you can choke on the TV programs, websites, newspapers and books. However, the most of these information flows are "yellow", useless and even worse - destructive. Tajikistan is a small country in Central Asia with a population of 7,000,000 people (2011).

Youth in Tajikistan in the 21st century has not enough useful and necessary information for the successful start in the life. After finishing a high school, most young people do not know what they can do. They have no idea what their lives devote to. At the same time the top for the most of the teenagers is to find a job in Russia. Making money in Russia became the main goal in youth’s and adults’ life. Children have no longer an enthusiasm to study at school and students remain at the Universities only "for parents".

- How do you think we can motivate young people to perceived and purposeful studying?
- How to start their internal "engine" for the acceleration to a successful life?
- What methods would be offered the Ministry of Education by you to implement into the system of education?

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    Jun 25 2012: Nekruz, first, I loved your diction choice of "choke" when talking about today's media as that is how I see it as well. But to address your topic, I don't know where to begin really as each country has its own educational system, culture and problems. What amazes me, though, is this whole idea of the world getting smaller as we are now able to open up and reveal ourselves with a click of a button and conversing in one language (which I hope will not lead to the demise of more). And what I am learning due to this, is that it seems more and more students are becoming less motivated. I hadn't really seen it when I taught in Europe in 2007 nor in any of my foreign exchange students as they outshone even my brightest students in class. But this trend is really becoming global.

    However, I think that one needs to look at where some of these countries are coming from, for I truly think that "we are what we were when" if you can follow that statement. Take for example your country. It came out of war & disintegration of a government that had been in place for decades. What had been the "status quo" for many was gone even if that was one of poverty and dependence on others. I know that my friends who are in Serbia are going through this as well. They went to school and were "Young Pioneers" believing in their country and their government. They began college and then " the wall" fell and holy hell broke loose in that area, and their lives were never the same. But add to this, the influence of America due to cable tv, music, and movies as well as the development of the mobile phone and net, and we have what we have today.

    I think it IS hard to motivate students today but the reasons in doing so vary, again due to where they live and how they live. You said that kids there want to move to Russia and make money, but you need to ask yourself, could they do that there in your country even with an education? To me that is the question that needs to be addressed first.
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      Jun 27 2012: I guess that I believe that it has always been a challenge to motivate students because they are finding their own way to their destination by following some inner voice and the noise we make often just distracts and annoys them.
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      Jun 27 2012: Thanks, Linda. Thank you very much! :)
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      Jul 2 2012: Mam I would like to apoligize for my delay in responding to you partly bad manners partly side tracked mostly sliping memory these 100+ days are tough angain I'm sorry

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