Youth and Sports Minister, Chishimba Kambwili says the re-introduced National Service programme will not have any element of military training.
Mr Kambwili said contrary to assertions by some sections of society that the skills training will have an element of military training, government is only interested to prepare young people for the future through giving them the necessary survival skills.
Speaking when he addressed pupils at Twashuka High School in Roan Constituency in Luanshya this morning, Mr Kambwili said Zambia was not at war to train school leavers in military skills.
He explained that the training will only include entrepreneurial skills in fields such as carpentry, bricklaying and computers among others.
The minister said this will help young people to start their own businesses without necessarily waiting for government to give them jobs.
Mr Kambwili said government will also setup a youth bank from which graduates from such training camps could borrow money to start their own businesses.
He appealed to parents to allow their children to undergo such training so that they could later become self-reliant.
“No one should lie to you that you will undergo any military training at such camps because we are not at war with anyone. So why should we give you military training?” he wondered.