United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ) leader, Charles Chanda, is calling for the rebranding of the Zambia National Service (ZNS) and the removal of the Grade 12 certificate clause when young people are applying.
Chanda urged the United Party for National Development (UPND) government to think in line of empowering youths under skills development through ZNS training, which would make the youths self-reliant and sustainable.
The UPPZ leader made the call in a statement issued in Lusaka on Saturday.
He said ZNS can play a significant role in empowering young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in today’s economy.
“By removing the Grade 12 certificate clause, we open doors for young people who have not had the opportunity to complete their education but have the aptitude and desire to learn valuable skills that can make them productive members of society,” Chanda said.
He said the rebranding of ZNS would help to shed the negative images associated with the organization and create a more positive perception of the services provided.
Chanda noted that the training provided can be refocused to better meet the current needs of the economy, providing young people with skills such as Information and Communication Technology, agriculture, and renewable energy.
“Times have changed. We must not continue to hold young people back simply because they do not have a Grade 12 certificate. We must provide an opportunity for them to learn the skills they need to be successful,” he said.
Chanda said government should take a proactive and inclusive approach to skills development and the youth, investing in the future of our country.
“By investing in our young people, we can make them self-sufficient, independent, and empower them to take charge of their lives,” he said.
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