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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…

What I had my former students respond to several months ago on Moodle were two short movie clips about addictions.  They were very powerful and moving.  One student concluded that addictions were the result of the breakdown of the family which leads the younger generation astray.  Where do students learn morals and ethics if not at home?  Are they learning how to be good Kazakh citizens at school?  These Kazakh children have a LOT to learn with being required to know three languages. Hopefully they will learn something about morals and good behavior from the plethora of Kazakh proverbs that can be a helpful and guiding force handed down from their grandparents. Here’s what one Kazakh teacher wrote:

“Recently we watched two short movie clips, very alike to each other: The Machine and Addiction. The second was less dramatic. Both of them are very topical nowadays.

The Machine was really tense and I realized that it was a soft comparison to the pornography watchers and online gamers of today. And these people are our young generation. They are addicted to their computer games and visiting pornography sites. And it is quite normal among youngsters. Moreover they share with each other and involve other people in that stuff. I know many teenagers who suffer from computer addiction, Mail Agent chat and just surfing the net for entertainments. As the result these pupils are left behind in their studies, lazy people and unmotivated adults in future.

The next short video is devoted to Addiction. It is not so tense, but for me it is like inside world of drug taker. His life has no sense, just repeating circle all the time. He stands in the morning and the only thing he searches is drugs and the ways to find them. It’s really difficult to help such people. Alcohol addiction can be added in this list.

All in all, I’d like to admit that all these problems come from the family. The children are not paid enough attention and bullied a lot. Psychological problems of the child cause difficulties in understanding the world around him thus making him search the atmosphere of oblivion at least for some time. And that’s really bad thing…”

(to be continued)

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