The National Rural Youth Service Corps (NARYSC), a body focusing on youth, will more than simply generate work opportunities but in addition helps prepare younger generation to become significantly better individuals and foot soldiers with regard to their respective communities.
Intended to harmonize with the government’s job creation model, the undertaking is directed primarily at creating job opportunities but additionally at uplifting the countryside with services and infrastructure.
The goal is generally to at the same time make it possible for the rural youth “fish for themselves” since they can be absorbed into the mainstream of the country’s economy as a result of obtaining necessary skills, says President Jacob Zuma.
The programme was initially created by the Department of Rural Development this past year when it focused on at least 10 000 youths from poor rural areas.
Speaking in Dysselsdorp, in Western Cape, Zuma silenced comments that questioned today’s official unveiling associating it to the forthcoming local government elections, declaring the municipality was a Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP) site due to excessive rate of unemployment and poverty.
“Socio-economic development in rural communities -together with the youth being at the centre of such developments – supports the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s strategy to develop rural areas,” said Zuma.
In most cases seriously affected with unemployment, illiteracy, deficiency of skills, poverty and shortage of access to basic services, this is certainly very good news for rural youth. The programme concentrates on youth aged between 18 and 35 years who have Grade 10 or Standard 8 school reports, who will be trained in technical, artisan and social-work skills over two years.
Necessary skills to be learnt are influenced by requirements and needs in rural areas, motivated as a result of household and community profiles.
Zuma talked about 500 participants who graduated not too long ago from a seven-week non-military training course at the De Brug Military Base in Bloemfontein ,included in the programme, where they where taught and practiced self-discipline, courage, leadership and patriotism.
In December this past year, an additional 600 participants experienced a 10-day skills development programme at Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges in the Western Cape, where they were trained in subject matter including decision-making, citizenship and life skills orientation.
“Virtually all these types of programmes are created to prepare the younger generation to generally be better persons and foot soldiers for their respective communities,” said Zuma.
He explained the programme bears testimony that the government is without a doubt steadfast on its desire to do away with poverty, fight crime and other social problems impacting on youth within rural areas.
Government is rushing towards enhancing well-located informal settlements and providing proper service and land tenure to at least 500 000 households by 2014.