National Youth Service returns

by | Apr 13, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

Hosia Mviringi

The government today announced the return of the National Youth Service Program which was suspended a number of year’s back.

Its unfortunate absence over the years, has been interpreted by observers as one of the reasons why there has been a patriotic decadence consumeng some young people.

Cries for the involvement of policy in creating fertile conditions for patriotic duty seems to have been made, cabinet today made a decision that indicated the seriousness the new dispensation has towards the idea of national pride.

At today`s post-Cabinet media briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Minister Monica Mutsvangwa revealed the modalities for the reintroduction of the National Youth Service Program which is set to be a major launch-pad for a disciplined youth generation that is fit for purpose in the society at large, local authorities and government.

“Cabinet further agreed that under the revamped programme, Vocational Training Centres across the provinces will focus on entrepreneurship and livelihoods skills training. This will encompass enterprise awareness, opportunity identification, project financing, and basic farming.

The Civil Protection Unit will emphasize disaster mitigation and management skills,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

The programme is designed to equip youths, who comprise persons between the ages of 18 and 35 years with patriotism, discipline, volunteerism, survival skills, hard work, loyalty, tolerance, resilience, determination and honesty.

During training the youths will be encouraged to participate in development projects and disaster response activities and thereby assist in enhancing national capacity to manage disasters.

The Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (Number 20) Act provides that all institutions and agencies of Government at all levels must take reasonable measures, including affirmative action, to ensure that youths have access to appropriate education and training, that they participate in social, economic and other spheres of life, and that they are empowered and protected from harmful practices, exploitation and abuse.

“Cabinet noted that National Youth Service is an important youth development programme which is crucial in nurturing young people into becoming responsible and resilient citizens with a clear sense of national identity and respect for national values.
The programme is a key strategy for youth empowerment in national, regional, continental and international development guiding frameworks to which Zimbabwe is a member. The frameworks include the SADC Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan; the African Youth Charter of 2006; the World Programme of Action on Youth; and the United Nations Youth Strategy 2030,” continued the statement.

Roll-out of the National Youth Service Programme will involve community attachment of youths for work experience and service to various Government departments and local authorities.

Graduates of the Programme will qualify for further training, assistance in starting businesses, and for enrolment for careers in the police, the army, the Air force, nursing and teaching, among others.

The Programme will also take on board the disabled, and maintain gender balance and fair regional representation, with recruitment taking place through District Offices.

Cabinet further resolved that the National Youth Service Programme will be funded by Government, upon enactment of the necessary law. The Programme shall also be mandated to generate its own income through engagement in commercial activities.

The youths will not pay fees but will be provided with uniforms, training kits and travel expenses, and will be accorded allowances as the economy improves. More details on the implementation modalities of the policy will be provided as the programme unfolds.

The National Youth Training Program is part of the government’s thrust on producing useful graduates under Education 5.0 program is geared towards problem solving and value creation.

Education 5.0 is touted as a major catalyst for achieving the country’s Vision 2030 target of becoming an upper middle-income economy.