Briefs Youth Ser­vice gets new mojo

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Sharon Mun­jen­jema

GOVERN­MENT is re­con­fig­ur­ing the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice into the Build Zimbabwe Project by syn­chro­nis­ing its cur­ricu­lum with that of vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­tres (VTCs) within the con­text of the Na­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Frame­work.

Dis­cus­sions are un­der­way be­tween the Min­istry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recre­ation and that of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment to make VTC qual­i­fi­ca­tions ac­cept­able at higher and ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions.

Youth Deputy Min­is­ter Yeukai Sim­bane­gavi re­cently told The Sun­day Mail that the Build Zimbabwe Project will equip grad­u­ates with prac­ti­cal skills. She said a frame­work to syn­chro­nise VTC cur­ric­ula with ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions would be fi­nalised within Cab­i­net’s first 100-day work cy­cle.

“If they en­rol for one year, they qual­ify for a na­tional cer­tifi­cate. And then they go for the sec­ond year and the third, which places them in level 2. This qual­i­fies them to en­rol at poly­tech­nic col­leges, even with­out 5 ‘O’ lev­els. It must hap­pen within the first 100 days,” said the deputy min­is­ter. Over 4 500 peo­ple are en­rolled in VTCs. In Au­gust, Govern­ment gazetted the Na­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Frame­work to stan­dard­ise the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and fa­cil­i­tate a smooth tran­si­tion from tech­ni­cal to aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions.

Deputy Min­is­ter Sim­bane­gavi said those who have al­ready grad­u­ated from the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice could en­rol for the new pro­grammes.

Mean­while, Em­power Bank’s agents are on a coun­try­wide tour to fa­mil­iarise tar­geted ben­e­fi­cia­ries with the youth-cen­tric fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion’s op­er­a­tions.

Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa launched Em­power Bank, which is cap­i­talised to the tune of $12 mil­lion, on July 5.

The bank will not re­place the Kur­era/Ukondhla Youth Re­volv­ing Fund, which is cur­rently on sus­pen­sion.

“We still have the re­volv­ing youth fund un­der Kur­era/Ukondhla, but it has been stopped be­cause we want to re-es­tab­lish the se­lec­tion cri­te­ria of ben­e­fi­cia­ries as there had been very low re­pay­ment rates,” the deputy min­is­ter said.

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