The following article was contributed by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Seoul for publication by The Korea Post media, publisher of 3 English and 2 Korean-language news publications since 1985.—Ed.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the festive events on the occasion of June 30 – Youth Day in “Yangi O’zbekiston Park”.
Pavilions named after Amir Temur, Mirzo Ulugbek, Al Khwarizmi, Alisher Navoi, Zahiriddin Muhammad Babur, Jaloliddin Manguberdi were also organized in the park. Inventions, creativity, sports skills, artistic performances of young people were presented.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the exhibitions, became familiar with their exposition, talked with young people.
“The knowledge and energy of our youth today endlessly please me. That's how it should be. Because the blood of great ancestors flows in your veins. Our history goes back not thirty-one years, but three millennia. Our ancestors laid the foundation for two renaissances. Now we are going to build the foundation of the Third Renaissance. Who do we rely on? On you. Our most important support, in this case, is education”, Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.
The results of the Olympiad of Five Initiatives were also presented in the park. As is known, these competitions began to be held by the resolution of the President of Uzbekistan of April 11 this year. More than 6 million young people took part in the sectoral, district, city, regional and republican stages of the Olympiad.
“Yoshlar Ovozi” (Voice of Youth) competition held in Buzatau district of the Republic of Karakalpaksan revealed a lot of talents. The President talked with the winners of the contest and wished them good luck.
Youth policy is a priority in Uzbekistan. In this regard, a separate state organization, the Youth Affairs Agency, was created. Since this year, 9.5 thousand youth leaders have started working in mahallas.
650 billion UZS have been allocated to solve the problems of more than 700 thousand boys and girls included in the youth notebook. Over the past two years, 174 thousand young people have been granted preferential loans for 4 trillion 400 billion UZS for business projects. 560 thousand young people have been allocated land for agriculture, their employment has been ensured.
Much attention was also paid to improving the quality of education. The scale of the activities of specialized schools is expanding, where students receive in-depth knowledge. 102 young people have already graduated from the Presidential Schools and entered leading foreign universities.
Over the past two years, 400 young people have been sent abroad to study through the El-Yurt Umidi Foundation. Last year 255 medals were won at international scientific Olympiads. This year, 382 of Uzbekistan’s young athletes have won 419 prizes at prestigious international competitions.
All this was reflected in the pavilions of the festival. The President visited the amphitheater and congratulated the youth of the country on the holiday.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated the youth of the country on the holiday and delivered a speech.
“It is always a great pleasure for me to meet with you, to learn about your cherished dreams and plans, to hear your proposals and initiatives. Seeing your purposefulness, eyes burning with enthusiasm, I get a charge of inexhaustible energy. You have such great power”, the President said.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that he came to the holiday with new proposals and announced additional opportunities that will be created for young people.
Almost 3 million boys and girls aged 14-17 will now be able to use the benefits and preferences provided by the “Youth Notebook”. The number of these benefits will increase from the current 11 to 25.
From the 2022-2023 academic year, the amount of the contract of students accepted in the directions of “performing maqom”, “instrumental performance of maqom” and “art of bakhshi” will be fully covered by the state.
Admission to technical schools will be held twice a year, the number of state grants will be doubled. Educational loans will be introduced. Youth who wish to study IT in private education institutions will also be provided with a 4-year soft loan of up to 20 million UZS.
To encourage students who show high results in knowledge of foreign languages, 70 students and 14 of their teachers will go on a trip to the UK at the expense of the state.
The President paid special attention to ensuring youth employment. It was noted that within the framework of entrepreneurship programs, 220,000 young people will be employed, 130,000 boys and girls will receive subsidies for training in professions, more than 110,000 young people will be attracted to vacant jobs in state enterprises and the private sector.
A program for the development of Uzbek national content on the Internet will be implemented. 10 billion UZS will be allocated for this.
Starting this year, 36 sports federations, 274 sports schools will work together with mahallas, secondary schools, colleges and technical schools located in their districts. Sports teams will be created on every street, in every mahalla, school, college and technical school.
As is known, the process of constitutional reform continues these days. The President noted that more than 70 percent of the proposals and initiatives received on this issue were put forward by young people.
“Of course, the updated Constitution is your Constitution”, the President said.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev cited the words of the national poet Gafur Gulam that our people, our Motherland are ready to become the support of youth in achieving your highest, noble goals.
More than 220 thousand young people in Karakalpakstan and regions followed the festive celebrations. The President spoke with them via videoconference.
On the eve of Youth Day, by decree and resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a group of young people who achieve high results in science, sports, art, entrepreneurship and other areas were awarded the “Kelajak Bunyodkori” (The Creator of the Future) medals and the “Mard Og’lon” (Brave Boy) State Prize.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev solemnly presented these awards.
The event continued with a concert program with the participation of the winners of the “Yoshlar Ovozi” (Voice of Youth) contest and famous pop artists.