Many of you were abroad and saw cosmopolitan and vivid cities of LOUD countries. Their education system, political views, economic state, infrastructure, buildings – substantially differ from Kazakhstan. They were unlike your native town: without Kazakh steppe, Kazakh dugout fume, and family and friends; yet you were astonished and in love with that city or country. And you might even desperately sought for the magic button STAY LONGER!
I spent one month in Hamburg, and it endued me with unforgettable memories, awesome impression and sunny pictures. I still remember those days I wandered the city without any worries. Breathing the fresh air, I wrote my plan for future in my mind – “I will definitely come back to Hamburg to study, work, live and make it mine”. I decided that myself, without advice and support of my parents, without any rationales. I was driven by some demonic power, betraying my home country for such perfect, sinful, beautiful and ruthless city.
If it was enough for me within one month to come up with such idea of leaving my native country for another, what happens with those Kazakhstani students who study abroad for years? They might even build their family and search for high paid jobs. The only thing that might return students back is collateral charge and 5 years of workout, which is imposed by Bolashak program. However, it does not make students motivated to come back and find job. For the whole history of Bolashak program, 47 student did not return, and preferred the life abroad to Kazakhstan (link).
There is only one answer for such phenomenon – lack of patriotic feelings of our nation: young generation, kids and parents. Now people stopped propagandizing patriotism, teaching their children national identity and value. Human-beings always seek to find better place with better conditions, but as long as we are citizens of Kazakhstan we have a duty we should pay, serve for our country and citizen fellows.
Once my foreign friend said to me “Meru, it is awful what’s happening in your country, you should flee Kazakhstan immediately!” I answered “No way!” and my pride grew higher, as I texted him. I have my country, family, friends and home, and I will never abandon them. I have realized that I am not a weak person, who seeks only easy ways and yearns for luxuries. I am a strong individual with strong visions to protect and treasure what I have. And I will do everything to contribute to the development and prosperity of my Kazakhstan and Kazakhstani people!