The MDC plans to launch a political orientation school for party youths next month.
The school’s curriculum is designed along similar lines as the National Youth Service programmes carried out at the Border Gezi Training Centres.
According to the party, the school is aimed at orienting party youths to appreciate the history of the country, develop high quality leadership skills and general understanding of human development.
“The first centre of learning has been set at the party’s Bulawayo provincial offices,” said the MDC in a statement over the weekend.
“It is from this office where we will run our political summer school from September 2011 to February 2012. The winter school will be run from April 2012 to August 2012 in another province yet to be determined,” the MDC said.
But, Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday said he was unaware of the programme, which he described as “a private party project”.
To date, the Welshman Ncube-led MDC said they had identified seven presenters for its 11 key disciplines.
These include: National Healing co-minister Moses Mzila Ndlovu (national heritage); Albert Masotsha Ndlovu/Rita Ndlovu (party heritage); Ngqabutho Nicholas Dube (understanding ideologies); Qhubani Moyo (policy studies); and Joshua Mhambi (professional ethics). Other disciplines to be included in the party’s curriculum are contemporary politics, national administration, systems of government and electoral systems.