Youth service training programme returns

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Harare (New Ziana) – In what could be a major boost for the fight against drug and substance abuse among young people, Cabinet on Tuesday considered and approved the National Youth Service Policy Guiding Framework and National Youth Service Implementation Matrix (2021-2025), a tool for grooming well-disciplined youth who exhibit Zimbabwean values and identity.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the framework was informed by the Zimbabwe Constitution, the National Development Strategy 1 and the National Youth Policy.

It was anchored on six key principles including patriotism, discipline, unhu/ubuntu, tolerance, respect and integrity.

“These core values play an integral part in the moulding of a well-cultured and disciplined youth as envisaged,” she said in a post Cabinet media briefing.

Mutsvangwa said recruitment into the National Youth Service Training Programme would be voluntary.

She said the programme would be called Youth Service in Zimbabwe, and will closely coordinate with the Life Skills Orientation Programme offered by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

“The recruitment will ensure equitable distribution of opportunities; equitable regional representation; and equitable gender representation. There will be two training intakes per year, with the duration of each training session being six months. The graduates of the National Youth programme will receive first priority into high institutions of learning including Polytechnics, teaching, nursing, the army and employment in the civil service,” she said.

“The nation is further informed that four of the country’s provinces have no training centres at the moment. Some of them have since availed land for the construction of these centres in their respective provinces, while those with training centres have allocated more land for income generating projects. The allocated land will form the basis of the production units of the training centres. A total of six National Youth Training Centres will be refurbished, while a further 15 new training centres will be constructed during the 5-year period. It is envisaged that a total of 100 000 youths will be trained.”
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