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Youth Service Zimbabwe: A beacon of hope for empowering young generations

27 May 2024 at 19:55hrs | Views
As the United Kingdom considers reviving mandatory national service, Zimbabwe has taken a proactive step towards empowering its youth.

On Friday, President Mnangagwa launched the Youth Service Zimbabwe (YSZ) at Nhakiwa Vocational Training Centre, attracting an estimated 50,000 attendees, mostly youths. This rebranded initiative, formerly known as the National Youth Service, aims to equip the majority of the youth population with essential life skills.

The YSZ launch, themed "Empower Youth: Secure the Future," will offer training at Vumba and Dadaya Vocational Training Centres, targeting 10,000 youths by year-end. This six-month training course, covering institutionalized training and community attachment, seeks to inculcate values of Ubuntu/Hunhu, patriotism, and leadership. It also aims to keep youths away from social ills like drug and substance abuse resulting from idleness.

The Second Republic has committed to establishing Vocational Training Centres across all districts. Nhakiwa Vocational Training Centre has embraced the Village Business Unit concept, establishing a nutrition garden, poultry project, and fish ponds. This innovative approach will economically empower training centres, reducing running costs and potentially generating a new income revenue stream.

The launch of YSZ heralds President Mnangagwa's vision of building a patriotic youthful population resistant to foreign manipulation. By anchoring development in Zimbabwe's rich cultural heritage and Ubuntu/Hunhu philosophy, the country can build a modernized, industrialized, and prosperous society. The YSZ embodies these values, empowering youths to become active contributors to the nation's growth.

The re-establishment of YSZ marks a significant milestone in Zimbabwe's efforts to empower its youth. As the UK considers similar initiatives, we can proudly say we are leading the way in nurturing a generation of patriotic, skilled, and responsible citizens. Let us support this noble cause and watch our youth thrive.

Source - Tonderai Ndoro
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