THE government has re-launched the dreaded National Youth Service. But this time the youths will focus on economic education using what the government called the Psychomotor Training Model.
Officially launching the re-branded NYS programme at Dadaya Training Centre in Zvishavane on Thursday, the former Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, Cde Chris Mushohwe, who was yesterday appointed the new Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, said the NYS was now going to produce economically productive youths who can defend and protect the country’s legacy.

Cde Mushohwe said the NYS had effectively dealt with the political phase and was now proceeding to incorporate the economic phase as an industrial revolution in its participation in Zim-Asset.
He said President Mugabe had endorsed the re-launch of the re-branded youth service.

“We are gathered here to witness the re-branding of the youth service and we want it to be accepted by both blacks and whites like it is in countries like the USA and Britain,” he said. Cde Mushowe said he was happy to note that the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education was in the process of introducing the NYS curriculum from Early Childhood Development (ECD).

He said it had been noted that some of the NYS recruits were enrolling not because they loved their country, but saw great opportunities that came after graduating.

In that light, the Minister said, introducing the NYS curriculum at primary school level was going to be very effective since pupils would be oriented in national ethos at a tender age and grow to love their country which came after a protracted armed struggle against colonialism.

“We want the NYS subject introduced from as early as ECD. We want our children to appreciate the national flag before going to grade one. They must understand the colours and what they mean for the country. If that is achieved, we will build our nation which has youths or a people that can stand for it, that can fight for it,” he said.
“If this programme had been introduced in 1980, we wouldn’t be having youths who are being used by Britain and her allies for regime change. Every Zimbabwean should be proud of his or her country no matter the current situation.”

He said gone were the days when people looked at the youth service with scorn while others referred to it in derogatory terms.

“From this group, we are producing a youth that is capable of creating employment and defending the country against any forms of threats,” said the minister.

“67 percent of our population are youths and they are our future, they are our leaders and should be developed so that they work towards economic empowerment which is the backbone of our ministry.”

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