Youth of Kyrgyzstan met their cult heroes

Nov 6, 2015

The participants of the National Meeting “Success Lessons”. Photo taken by Altynai Nanaeva/UNDP

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (October 7, 2015) - Bishkek hosted the National Youth meeting “Lessons of Success” that brought together more than 70 young boys and girls aged 14 to 16 years from Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken and Chui oblasts of Kyrgyzstan.
Roza Otunbayeva,  former president of the Kyrgyz Republic, Salizhan Sharipov, pilot-cosmonaut, Hero of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation and performer of modern dance Atay Omurzakov taught lessons of success for the youth. They were chosen by the children based on the results of the voting held this summer among young people in all 14 municipalities of the pilot project “Youth for peaceful change”.
The speakers presented their formula for success, shared interesting and informative stories from their life that can inspire young people to new positive achievements. It is expected that the meeting with well-known personalities of Kyrgyzstan, who combine all the necessary qualities to succeed, will be a positive impulse for the youth in their further self-development.
“A person is required to set a goal and have a dream. It is necessary to start with the one-day goal, then set a task for a month, a year, etc.”, - advised the boys cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov.
Atay Omurzakov said that in Kyrgyzstan many did not believe in themselves. “My mother believed in me, and this really helped me. I had a small room with a small mirror, looking at it and seeing my reflection I imagined my performance on the stage in Europe. Around there were cameras, the lights, applause ... My dream came true in 2011 on Czechoslovak scene. Believe in yourself, work on yourself and everything will come true”, - Atay Omurzakov said.
Roza Otunbayeva emphasized gaining knowledge. “The education is most important. Every day you need to read the book at least 20 minutes. Read. Read for yourself. Read to our brothers and sisters, and you will become a Person with a capital letter. Reach out for knowledge. Educated people are always in the business”. According to the survey of the needs of youth in the regions, which was held in the framework of the project, a sports section or the conditions for the exercise are among the most demanded young people's need, followed by the need for employment, further education and obtaining different skills.
This platform is designed to activate the issues such as tolerance, respect for diversity, and a more active civic participation of young people in the development of the country. Meeting with role models will contribute to the socialization of young people reducing the sense of isolation and exclusion of children living in the regions.
National youth meeting “Lessons of Success” was held in the framework of implementation of the project of the UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF the support of the UN Peacebuilding Fund. The project aims to develop equal opportunities for youth participation in public life and acquiring the skills of civic participation.

Contact information

Ms. Altynay Nanaeva, Public Relations Specialist, UNDP program “Peace and Development”, tel: 0553 99 12 34, e-mail:

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