By Staff Reporter
Cabinet yesterday approved the re-establishment of the National Youth Service Training programme proposal which was presented by the Minister of Youth, Sports Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry.
Addressing the Post Cabinet Media Briefing, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said, the programme is a key strategy for youth empowerment in nation, regional, continental and international development.
“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” , she said.
Mutsvangwa added that, the programme is designed to equip youths with survival skills.
“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 “, added Mutsvangwa.
Mutsvangwa further added that, the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment 20 Act provides that all institutions and agencies of the Government at all levels must take reasonable measures to ensure that youth have access to appropriate education and participate in social, economic and other spheres of life.
Graduates of the programme will qualify for further training assistance in starting businesses and for enrolment for carriers in the Police, Army, the Air Force, Nursing and Teaching.