Youth unemployment in Kazakhstan

The blog is back for another year! 2020 represents my ninth year of blogging on education, society and politics in Central Asia. Over the lifetime of the blog, I've posted almost 300 stories that have been viewed over 50,000 times and earned nearly 1,500 subscribers. Thanks to everyone who reads the blog, whether occasionally or …

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Youth and Public Policy in Kyrgyzstan

A report has been published [en] [ru] today which for the first time attempts to undertake an audit of the relationship between young people and public policy in contemporary Kyrgyzstan. Whilst I haven't been able to read it in full, it looks like a sincere and thorough attempt to map the landscape, highlight weaknesses (many, …

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Tajik higher education: dress smart and pay up

Hello! Long time, no see... It's been an eventful summer with the events in Khorog, Tajikistan causing us great concern and anxiety. Life appears to be normalising again and I do hope the current calm prevails. On the home front I have been elected Chair of the Governing Body at our local primary school and …

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Modern day Kazakhs: young, uncertain and ‘lazy’?

Tengri News today reports on a study in which a group of experts have tried to come up with an illustration of the modern day Kazakh. The group make some interesting assertions, focussing on young people in their depictions. Here's the article reposted in full: Psychologists, economists and financial experts have attempted to create a …

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