Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Mongolian Dream: Gan-ErdeneJargalsaikhan

Gan-ErdeneJargalsaikhan, 25, is an unemployed graduate of the Music and Dance College

What is your biggest concern in life right now?

Unemployment is the biggest concern of mine at present. Because there is a lack of workplaces for my profession. I was working at the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet before. The working conditions, internal regulations and salary were bad. Working conditions at the Mongolian State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet conflict with their internal regulations. Basically, the salary was too low. I am not talking about only the Mongolian State Academic Theater of Mongolia. All workplaces for classical art are the same. I wish there were more workplaces for classical art. If I request a different job, organizations will not employ me, because I am a wind instrument player.

What would you like to see for your children in 20-30 years from Mongolia?

The first thing is education. For example, the tuition fees of universities in Mongolia are too high. The tuition fees of state universities are higher than the private universities. In most foreign countries, state universities are free. Mongolia has to follow this. Some youth from low-income families cannot enter the universities. Everyone has a right to study, but the Mongolian educational system restricts that right. The youth are Mongolia’s future. If they can’t be educated, they can’t contribute to Mongolia. The second thing is the environment. There is no place to spend our free time except at cinemas and the amusement park. I am really worried about this. If kids grow up in a nice environment, they probably will have good manners. Alcoholism and violence are increasing because there is no place to go. There are too many lounges, bars, pubs and nightclubs.

If you were a top decision maker in the country, and you could change only one thing, what would it be?

If I were the President of Mongolia, I would focus on the youth. The youth is Mongolia’s future, as I said above. Some youth have a real ambition to study. But some of them have no money. The government must focus on the educational system. Youth who have rich parents study abroad. Every youth wants to study abroad. The government has to solve this issue, such as giving state scholarships to youth who really have an ambition to study. The youth will develop Mongolian society in the future.

On a scale of one to 10, how happy would you say Mongolian society is?

I will give three points out of 10 for the happiness of Mongolian society. Mongolians say Mongolia is a democratic country. Everyone lives in the same society in a democratic country. Some people are too rich and some are too poor. Some kids are living at waste disposal sites and collecting and eating waste. Some families are living close to a cemetery. The Mongolian poverty level is extremely high.

How do you think this age will be remembered in the future?

I hope Mongolian society will be developed as a highly-developed country after 20 years. We probably will remember this period as history.

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