23.08.2019 | In Almaty continues The First Central Asian Youth Leaders Festival

In Almaty, on August 22 and 23, the First Central Asian Youth Festival, organized by the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy, is being held. For two days, the participants discuss issues of career guidance after graduation, alternative education, the development of IT technologies, volunteering, migration, mass sports and multi-ethnicity. The main goal of the festival is to create a permanent dialogue platform for young leaders of the Central Asian region. The First Central Asia Youth Festival brought together nearly 400 young people from seven countries.

For the first time in Central Asia, a youth festival of such a scale is held to become a dialogue platform for young people. Thanks to the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy, this event has become a reality, says Valikhan Bakhretdinov, the Member of the Council on Youth Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Within the framework of panel sessions, participants together with political and public figures, representatives of scientific and creative intelligentsia, athletes and youth activists raise the problems of young people in various fields.

It is always a great honor for me to carry out work on youth issues, not only because this year has been declared the Year of Youth in Kazakhstan, but also because these events are always held at an energetic pace and leave optimism for the future, notes the Director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Representative Office in Kazakhstan Thomas Helm. – I took part in such events when I was young, and they helped me to take this path, which ultimately led me to Kazakhstan, where I have been working for more than 6 years.

The festival is also educational in nature. Invited speakers, and these are young experts who have achieved high professional and life goals, inspired participants with their experience, horizons and knowledge. Many of them achieved success due to the fact that they began their conscious life with volunteering, the topic of which was especially discussed at the Central Asia Youth Festival.

The representative of the National Volunteer Network of Kazakhstan Tatyana Mironyuk spoke about the three main principles of volunteering as a mass movement. «Volunteering is a state of mind. The main thing to remember is that it is always voluntary, free of charge and for the benefit of society. Here are the three main principles of this area. And also my mini-tip: accept your mistakes and go ahead. Without focusing on them. It is important. Because young people should know their past in order not to repeat mistakes in the future and understand their present».

In addition to panel sessions, the festival program includes master classes, pitching sessions and project work.

By the way, design work is an important part of this festival. It not only allows participants to demonstrate their talents, but also helps to unite young people representing different countries, customs and culture. Thus, the festival fulfills another important mission of the international level, namely, it teaches young people to consolidate and solve tasks of a regional nature.

So, for the project work, the participants of the Central Asia Youth Festival were divided into five teams. Two teams took up the development of business projects, and three offered ideas for solving social problems in the field of inclusion, youth and the environment. For two days, the participants met each other, formed a team for further interaction. Presentation of the projects took place during the pitching session: one speaker spoke from each team. The winners are determined by the method of private voting – with the help of ballots the participants cast their votes for the project they liked.

The debriefing and closing ceremony of the festival will take place today at 19:00 at the ski resort «Shymbulak». And the winners according to the results of the project Central Asia Youth Festival work will be awarded by Igor Rogov, the Deputy Executive Director of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy