Youth Contest: The Impact of Higher Education in Tajikistan
February 17-26, 2016Tajikistan

This contest is now closed.


What impact has higher education had on you?

Around the globe, higher education is often prized for its contribution to economic and social development. Research has linked graduates of higher education to longer life expectancy, better health outcomes, greater life satisfaction, and a higher likelihood to both volunteer and vote – not to mention the broader economic benefits of higher education associated with economic growth, innovation, and labor market flexibility. University graduates in Tajikistan, specifically, are employed at nearly twice the rate of their peers with a secondary education diploma and, on average, have a 40% higher wage than those with only secondary education.

The objective of this contest was to collect ideas, expressions, stories, and moments of how higher education is impacting or has impacted the youth of Tajikistan. The contest was intended to promote the Government of Tajikistan’s Higher Education Project, which will be implemented by the Ministry of Education and Science and financed by the World Bank.


An entry should answer the question:

“What impact has higher education had, or is having, on your life?”

Entries must be submitted in the form of email. An entry may include up to 100 words of text. The inclusion of an original photograph to complement the text is welcomed but not required. Text may be submitted in English, Tajik, or Russian and will be translated. Photos can be attached as a separate file.


Submissions must include your full name, age, phone number, address, and email address, if you have one. The subject field of the email submission should make reference to the 2016 Impact of Higher Education in Tajikistan Contest.


To be eligible for this contest, you must be between the ages of 18-25 according to an official Tajikistan identity card at the time of the contest launch on 17 February, 2016. Proof of identity will be required from all finalists. Staff and consultants of the World Bank Group and their immediate family members are not eligible.

Submissions will be judged on originality, overall impact, and artistic merit. The judges are a panel of World Bank staff members. The World Bank shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by the judges are final.

Entries become the property of the World Bank Group and may be reused or published, with or without credit, in any format. The Bank reserves the right to award fewer than 10 prizes, or no prizes, if in its sole judgment there are not enough qualified entries.


Entries must be received by 6pm, Friday, February 26, 2016. Winners will be notified on or before March 3, 2016. The World Bank reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.


A pool of finalists will be selected and have their entries displayed at the Higher Education Project’s launch event(s) jointly hosted by the Ministry of Education and Science and the World Bank during the first week of March. The winning submission(s) will be recognized at a ceremony during the launch event in Dushanbe. A certificate of recognition and prizes from the World Bank will be presented to the winner(s). Additionally, winning submission(s) will be promoted on the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Facebook page, which has over 25,000 followers, and other World Bank social media channels.


You may contact or (+992) 917 046468 if you have any questions and inquiries about contest rules.

General Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions / Rules apply to the 2016 World Bank Contest. By participating in this Competition, you undertake to comply with and abide by these Rules and provide all information required. You understand that any failure to do so will result in disqualification.

To Participate

Complete and submit an entry email to by 11:59pm TJT on Tuesday, February 26, 2016. Any entries received after this date will not be considered for a prize, under any circumstances. The subject field of the email submission should make reference to the 2016 Impact of Higher Education in Tajikistan Contest.

About You

To be eligible for this contest, you must be between the ages of 18-25 according to an official Tajikistan identity card at the time of the contest launch on 17 February, 2016. Proof of identity will be required from all finalists.

If you are a member of the World Bank Group staff (either permanent or temporary, current or former), intern, contractor, sponsor, or an immediate family member of any of the foregoing, you may participate, but you are not eligible to win.

About Your Entry

Your entry must not refer to or contain violence, profanity, sex or direct attacks on individuals or organizations. Any entries deemed offensive will be immediately disqualified.

Your entry (both text and photos) must be your own original creation. Your text or photo(s) must not infringe on any third party rights. Your photo(s) must not have been produced for compensation or posted previously on any World Bank Group Web page.


1. You must submit an entry email to if you wish to enter this competition.

2. By submitting your entry to the World Bank Group, you agree to grant the World Bank Group the right to use, free of charge, your entry in any manner and media, including without limitation, the right to publish, adapt, distribute, copy, display or translate. You also grant the World Bank Group the right to license to others.

3. You agree to take part in any competition publicity if asked to do so. The prize may only be taken as stated and cannot be changed. There will be no cash alternatives.

4. The World Bank Group does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

5. You must supply your full name, age, phone number, address, and email address, if you have one, with your entry and comply with all rules to be eligible for the award(s). No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.

6. As submissions are received, the World Bank Group will vet all entries for suitability.

8. The judge’s decision is final in every situation, including any not covered above, and neither the judges nor the World Bank Group will respond to correspondence justifying its decision.

9.  If a winning entrant is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the World Bank Group reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry.

10. The World Bank Group reserves the right to not select a winner or winners if entries received are judged to be of insufficient quality.

11. Any attempt by a participant to influence the result or subvert the Contest will lead to immediate disqualification.

12.  The World Bank Group reserves the right to modify or cancel the Contest or any of the arrangements, schedules, plans or other items directly or indirectly related to the Contest, at any time and for any reason if deemed necessary in its opinion.

13. You waive all claims against the World Bank Group, its personnel and agents arising out of any oral or written publication or republication of any statement made in connection with the present Contest, your person or your entry.

14. You agree to indemnify and hold the World Bank Group, its personnel and agents, harmless from any third party claims for loss, damage, prejudice, liability or expense suffered as a result of or in any manner in connection with your entry, any other of your acts or omissions or any information which you provided.

15. Your participation in the Contest in no manner constitutes an endorsement or support by the World Bank Group of your views or aims or of any products or services. You shall not advertise or otherwise claim to have obtained any such endorsement or support. The World Bank Group’s name and logos are the property of the World Bank and should not be used in any manner whatsoever without the prior consent of the World Bank Group. The World Bank Group must approve in writing any statement, advertisement, press release or similar communication in any media, relating to your participation in the Contest.

Winners of the Contest


1. Jonmamadova Khurshedmo, 25 years old, graduated from Khorog State University

Translation from Russian:

"My name is Khurshedmo. I graduated from Khorog State University, Accounting and Audit Major. Due to the higher education, which I obtained, my thinking about my future has changed. During two years following graduation, I won two grants from international organizations, which enabled me to open a private business, a bakery. Right now I employ seven people, contributing to improving people’s lives and the economy of my country. I am 25 years old, but I have already visited other countries and managed to open my business, which is successfully operating and developing."


2. Murtazokulova Zaynura, 21 years old, Tajik-National University, Dushanbe

"I want to thank the World Bank for this great opportunity. This is a great chance to talk about education. Education is the most powerful thing that everybody must posses. Especially higher education. Tajikistan is in the stage of improving its system. For all sectors we need  professionals. Nowadays we have a lot of students who graduated high schools, but not all of them will enter University to get higher education. I want to talk about women’s education. This is the saddest thing in Tajikistan, especially for women in rural areas. Education has a specially place in my life. I am a student now and I want to get Master’s Degree in abroad. If I was not educated myself, how could I be a leader in my community? I dedicate most of my time working with girls, who want to study but do not have such opportunity. I graduated from a college in America and now I teach girls how to be leaders. I am a leader for them. This is the effect of education. One great philosopher said: “Educate a girl, education a nation.” Future mothers must be educated. If I wasn’t educated how can I help all these young women?  If each of us educates at least two persons, then these women will educate others and thus, we will have an education nation".


3. Masaidov Farrukhjon, 18 years old, Khujand (Technical University of Khudjand)

Translation from Russian:

"When entering the University, I thought that finding a good paying job after graduation is the only goal there is. Currently I am finishing the 2 year of my studies majoring in Information technologies in Economics. The received knowledge is opening new opportunities in front of me: I am a volunteer of the National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan, am holding trainings on IT to school children. I also do tutoring. The profession I have chosen plays an important role in the development of the economy. My country is in dire need of high level professionals. I want to successfully graduate and contribute not only to my family budget, but also to my country’s development I want to see the world and get the best practice experience in IT internationally. I am sure it is not possible to implement all these without education!"


4. Rozikzoda Saodat, 2 year student, Tajik National University, from Varzob town

Translation from Tajik:

"I am a daughter of an architect. Why I am bringing up my father? Because despite the fact that my father grew up in a family of poor parents with many children, he managed to find his place in the society and gain people’s respect only through higher education and acquiring a profession. I remember, how even on weekends, many neighbors of ours in the village would come to our house to seek my dad’s advice on construction issues. Now, I am very happy that out of 8 girls from Luchob village applying, I was a lucky one to enter the University. I hope that just like my father, I will acquire my place in the society through higher education."


5. Salikhov Khursandmurod, 25 years old, Tajik Agrarian University (originally from Vahdat town)

Translation from Russian:

"An advice from my parents - Chose a goal and try every effort to achieve it – played an important role in my life.  I entered the University and from being a closed, unsociable guy from a small town, I turned into a person with many friends, with many people around with similar interests, education goals, sports, etc. Due to studying in the university I have a new set of values, principles, I have the right attitude to life, that I am working towards achieving not just my personal goals, but also those serving the society, the country. While choosing my major I did not think of choosing something “modern” or “beneficial”. I chose what my heart told me and now I am happy that I have many opportunities in front of me professionally. Education is the source of my confidence in the bright future."


6. Majidov Abdullo, Vahdat town (around Dushanbe), 25 years old, Tajik Technical University, Dushanbe

Translation from Russian:

"Graduating from the Tajik Technical University after Osimi became a turning point in my life. It gave me an opportunity to reach my main objectives in life, more specifically:

I got a profession of Engineer – Electrician, which is in demand. I have a good job now with good pay;

I have an opportunity to teach other future specialists, due to my theoretical knowledge and practical experience, which I gained during my studies, and thus I am able to contribute to the development of energy sector in TJ;

I am conducting a research work, to gain further a degree of Candidate of Science and later PhD, attending conferences and cooperating with other professionals from other fields, and thus making my contribution to the development of science in TJ;

And most importantly, now I can give good education and up bringing to the future generations."


7. Anastasiya Kim, 21 years old, Tajik-Russian Slavonic University, Dushanbe

Translation from Russian:

"Every person need to rationally evaluate the need to receive higher education, and approach this issue consciously, with desire and independently from other people’s opinions. Higher education, apart from increasing my intellectual skills, also develops my communication skills, my self-discipline, and my self-organization, which are important skills to possess in the society.

One fact that due to my excellent achievements during my study in the Tajik-Russian Slavonic University I was able to spend one semester in one of the best Universities of Austria, can be a proof that higher education is having a huge impact on my life. Now I am studying in the 4th year, and already got a job in logistics, so I am quite sure without higher education it is not possible to overcome next barriers in life!"



"Years of labor are needed in order to answer this unusual question. It should be noted that the whole process, starting with preparatory admission courses and ending with diplomas award, changes humanity significantly. Everybody starts to realize the meaning of life more, understand things properly, esteem others profoundly, appreciate his or herself as an individual, and finally, becomes independent. Thanks to background achieved at university, I am currently involved in management and implementation of Electro-energy Sector projects financed by the Asian Development Bank, and working on procurement of plant, conducting International Competitive Bids, attending seminars abroad, etc. Given that the foregoing was thoroughly impossible to achieve without education, I am proud of my overpast efforts and always remind myself: “The best is yet to come!"


9. Sayora Umarova, born 1993, Dushanbe (Russian-Tajik Slavonic University)

The poem in Russian talks about the fact that students years have taught her to value everything more, to think wisely, that she acquired lots of friends that she got lots of knowledge although the process was not so easy, but it is important not to give up and challenge yourself, in order to grow, only by taking on new challenges you can change the world.


Contest Details
  • Begins: February 17, 2016
  • Ends: 6:00 PM, February 26, 2016
  • contacts:; +992 (917) 046468