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Addiction, Addiction, Addictions… (Part V and final)

Back to a difficult topic on addictions after sharing the lighthearted piece from yesterday. Thankfully, I’ll not write any time soon about addictions in Kazakhstan as they exist everywhere in the world. However, I DO believe that the truth about teen suicide, human trafficking and addictions (alcohol, drugs, pornography, on-line games and gambling) in Kazakhstan need to be told.  No one else seems to be telling about the seamy side of life here in English.  If it is written in Russian in newspapers, it is probably highly censored.  So, the problems in Kazakhstan are self-perpetuating because noone is doing something to educate the younger generation to stay clear of these vices.  Where is the moral and ethical education being taught?  The Kazakh teachers in the primary and secondary schools are too busy trying to teach math, English and other subjects. Too heavy a burden is being placed on the teachers and where are the Kazakh and Kazakhstani parents? Many of them are too busy with their own jobs.  Read on about addictions that affect every family in the Kazakh homes, here’s an example from one of my student’s own family.

Student #8 –  Even while teaching we can notice our students’ addiction. Some people can’t notice their bad addiction, it is like a disease. But having addictions like playing computer games or reading books are just for relaxation after hard work. Anyway, any kind of addiction must be limited by a person himself or herself, otherwise he might be lost or whatever. I can give you one example about my own brother, who was addicted to play gambling games spending all his salary for those games, in order to win much money. But no one wins money. Once he spent all his money and without any money he piled debts on debts. He was playing the gambling games for 3 days without sleeping and eating. He didn’t know the date and the day. When he realized that 3 days had passed and he had been in debt, it was too late to take measures. I had to help him to pay off his debts. It was too much money. We had to loan money from the bank to pay off. I was very upset. Now I hear that he plays again to win money. As I told him next time I would not forgive him. I think it is a disease, which we call an addiction”
Student #9 – “These movies are similar and tell about the same theme: what the addiction is and what may happen with a person who is addicted of something. There are so many passions in the world and people sometimes are weak to overcome and not pay attention to them: computer games, M-agent (chatting), chocolates, shopping, and magazines with nude girls and so on. If some of them do not seem so dangerous, it is only their surface. At the beginning, everything looks like very naïve and funny. However, when a person starts to change his behavior or life style and can be dangerous for surrounding people. Their relatives and friends begin to worry and sometimes it can be so late. These clips are depressive but they show reality. We are teachers and we must care for our children and help them to reject such destructive actions. Our students are kids and they sometimes cannot distinguish the bad or good sides of things. For them it can be just for fun. I am afraid and not sure how to avoid such situations. Perhaps we must involve our students in other useful and profitable activities. Because people start to use drugs or alcohol when they feel loneliness and have a lot of time of nothing doing. Sport and study can help them. In order to help and prevent situation where children can be addicted, we should know our students better and better, interest what they do in their spare time, go out anywhere with them, sometimes just communicate. I hope I will be able to feel something wrong if it is so.”

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Addiction, Addiction, Addictions… (Part II)

Today I am featuring three more former students’ writings about addictions they see in Kazakhstan.  These are troubling times for Kazakh educators who have to work with children who have little direction from home because their parents are busy working to make money and the computer is available for those who DO have money.  Keep in mind that these problems are showing up in the urban settings of Kazakhstan, the rural areas have their own problems. Addiction to alcohol and high unemployment among the men in the countryside of Kazakhstan would contribute to many social ills.  See what these teachers wrote:

Student #2 – “Yesterday we watched two short films about addiction. The first one was about a man who was addicted, and also he had a machine. With the help of it, he was teleported in many places like where women danced around him. Second film was about a man who went upstairs and downstairs. This short movie was not easy to understand. I think that many young people are addicted to computer games, mobile phones and different things. For example, I have a student who changes a mobile phone every month. Once I asked him why he changed his cell phones, and he said me that he didn’t like “Iphone” and he bought Nokia E6. In my opinion, everyone has an addition to new things such as cosmetics, computers, cell phones, and also jewelery.”

Student #2 – “I always wonder about one thing: if you teach people, young or old, good things, habits, it is always hard to learn or memorize or follow; but learn bad things or habits very easily and will never forget. Why? A simple paradox! I’m afraid I would never understand this. The same thing with addiction. Why don’t people get addicted to, for example, reading books or making donations to orphanages or houses for old people. It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? You will never hear a man saying: “Ahh, I need to give some money to an orphanage, I feel so terrible! I can’t bear it!” or “I feel so sick and awful! I haven’t read a page of a book today, I need a book!” Never!

But you can easily see people “living” before a computer screen, I mean playing computer games, eating before a screen, even sleeping before a screen. You can always see husbands or bachelors, or even some women constantly visiting houses of gambling games putting on stake everything they have. And they will never realize the harm of their actions until they face total bankruptcy, but then it would be too late to change something.”

Student #3 – “Addiction is a very complicated issue. The number of people got addicted to computer games, pornography, drugs and alcohol is increasing among the teens and the students of schools or colleges. Even though the teachers, parents, even the government are working hard on this problem, we can’t see any positive results. This is a global issue. And a single teacher or a single institution can’t solve this problem alone. People from all over the world have to unite against this problem. The government of each country has to take the customs under a great control, otherwise things like drugs will never stop “traveling” from one country to another.

Our parents and grandparents were so happy when they heard our President ordering to close all the houses of gambling games throughout the country. To tell the truth, after that message all such kind of houses disappeared from our city, Aktobe; and I guess they disappeared from other cities as well. But people who run such houses won’t stop before anything, because they make huge amount of money on this business. And I believe that there are lots of illegal playing centers.

I think, in some cases it is the parents’ fault when their children can’t live without computer games or alcohol. Maybe they don’t pay much attention to the children or do not control appropriately. They just get tired of the work and such kinds of marital things. That’s why it is the teacher’s duty to help these parents, and cooperate with them.”

(to be continued)

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