|Traditional Sex Education in Tanzania (WAZAZI, 1991, 82 p.)|
Recently, WAZAZI took several significant steps to carry out its mandate.
First, it produced a guidebook for parents based on the 1987 national policy of education, Sera ya Malezi ya Taifa kwa Watotona Vijana, Tanzania. The book provided an outline of information for parents to give their children, together with suggestions on how to present it.
Then, to introduce the book, WAZAZI organized workshops for its field staff and district-level secretaries nationwide, to train them to present the contents of the book to groups of parents in their areas.
The workshops made it clear that some topics needed a more detailed approach. Sexuality in particular called for immediate attention.
It was also clear that a curriculum on this important and sensitive subject needed to be based on an understanding of how sexuality had traditionally figured in the lives and cultures of Tanzanian ethnic groups. By learning more about these cultural roots, WAZAZI could better define its own role in a rapidly changing modern Tanzania.
Accordingly, WAZAZI undertook a survey of 11 Tanzanian ethnic groups, focusing on their sexual and child-rearing practices. The groups were the Chagga, Fipa, Gogo, Makonde, Makonde Malaba, Masai, Nyakyusa, Nyaturu, Sukuma, Zanzibaris, and Zaramo.