The Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy hosted an international round table "Youth of the 21st century: national identity in a globalizing world through the prism of the museum space".
Representatives of the Ministry of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Institute of State History under the Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, scientists, teachers, museologists of Russia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan took part in the round table.
“Against the background of the accelerating process of globalization, the importance of forming the values of patriotism, civic maturity, social responsibility, and spirituality among the younger generation is clearly manifested. The struggle for the minds of young people is of strategic importance because young people are the largest part of the population, its most mobile component, the future of any nation. In the ideology of New Kazakhstan, declared by the President of the country K.K. Tokayev, these issues are given paramount attention. Considering that this topic is extensive, we deliberately focused our discussion on the formation of the national consciousness of young people through the prism of museums. Today, museums, despite the dominance of mass culture, digital technologies and social networks, strive to keep up with the times and, as unique keepers of historical and national memory, continue to contribute to the education of young people and the formation of a broad outlook, aesthetic taste, high culture and true patriotism", - said, opening the event, the director of the Elbasy Library Bakytzhan Temirbolat.
“The younger generation is very drawn to museums, drawn to the heritage that we keep, which we present to them, striving for them to understand everything that is valuable and dear to us here. We try to speak with young people in a language close to them, while we must teach them the language that their ancestors spoke, so that everyone who knows the language of the Internet today will also know the language of the classics through it. Museums play a very large and important role in this. At the Hermitage Days, which are regularly held in Kazakhstan, we are happy to share our experience of how to translate everything that was created by previous generations into a modern language that is understandable to the younger generation”, - Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, noted in his speech.
“Young people have the opportunity to visually study the history of their people through the activities of museums and, from this point of view, the museum is a transmitter of historical values and the spiritual heritage of people to a new generation. Today, more than 1,200 museums of various thematic areas operate in Uzbekistan. Close attention is paid to improving the work of museums, in particular, the virtualization of exhibits. The younger generation visits museums with pleasure, where, thanks to the study of exhibits, they better understand the history of nation and form their own worldview”, - Niginahon Shermukhamedova, head of the department of the National University of Uzbekistan named after Mirzo Ulugbek, shared her opinion in her report.
“The formation of fundamental values and national self-consciousness in the younger generation must begin at an early age. Raising young people, instilling in them love for their people, their country, culture and history is a gradual, step-by-step, labor-intensive process. But without this, the nation will have no future”, - said Araz Gurbanov, an analyst at the Baku International Center for Multiculturalism.
Summing up the event, B. Temirbolat thanked the round table participants for a fruitful exchange of views on the problems and prospects for the participation of museum institutions in the formation and strengthening of national consciousness and patriotism among young people.