Trans­form­ing young peo­ple into job creators

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Hazel Salaze

AS WE com­mem­o­rate Youth Day/Youth Month, we should not only high­light the tragic loss of young lives dur­ing the June 16 Soweto youth up­ris­ing in 1976, but should also recog­nise the achieve­ments and strides made by to­day’s young peo­ple.

The sac­ri­fices made by the youth of 1976 to­wards the free­dom of our na­tion paved the way for the youth of to­day.

Their spirit and courage to stand-up against un­just laws con­tin­ues to in­spire a lot of young peo­ple in the demo­cratic gov­ern­ment of to­day to be driv­ers of change, de­vel­op­ment and progress.

This year’s theme has been of­fi­cially de­clared as “The Year of OR Tambo: Ad­vanc­ing Youth Eco­nomic Par­tic­i­pa­tion”.

The Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Corps (Nary­sec) skills de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, es­tab­lished by the Depart­ment of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Land Re­form com­ple­ments this year’s theme, as it con­tin­ues to trans­form young peo­ple, es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas, from be­ing job seek­ers to be­ing job creators.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2010, the Nary­sec pro­gramme has de­vel­oped into an in­ter­ven­tion pro­gramme – tak­ing young peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas who are un­skilled and un­em­ployed and giv­ing them a sec­ond op­por­tu­nity to get the nec­es­sary skills to either seek em­ploy­ment or start their own en­tre­pre­neur­ial op­por­tu­ni­ties.

This it does by train­ing the youth through fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing pro­grammes linked to the iden­ti­fied de­vel­op­men­tal com­mu­nity projects in ru­ral ar­eas, and also by equip­ping the youth with mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary skills through civic ed­u­ca­tion.

By en­hanc­ing these young peo­ple’s skills, the DRDLR has al­ready im­proved the eco­nomic con­di­tions of some Nary­sec pro­gramme par­tic­i­pants and that of their ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

The 24-month train­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme not only seeks to equip un­em­ployed ru­ral youth with skills in or­der for them to be­come agents of change within their com­mu­ni­ties, but also in­cul­cates a cul­ture of re­spon­si­ble con­duct, self-dis­ci­pline, high moral val­ues, confidence and na­tional pride among young peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas.

These are some of the most fun­da­men­tal lessons for to­day’s youth.

They are a cru­cial seg­ment of the na­tion’s de­vel­op­ment.

There­fore, their con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the coun­try’s econ­omy and its de­vel­op­ment is highly needed.

WRITE TO US The pro­gramme equips the youth to be­come agents of change

Berea View, Pretoria

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