An examination of challenges experienced at Male Initiation Schools: The case study of Mthatha District in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Matshidze, P. E.
dc.contributor.advisor Mashamba, T. M.
dc.contributor.author Mdhluli, Tsetselani Decide
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-22T08:29:53Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-22T08:29:53Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/872
dc.description MAAS
dc.description Centre for African Studies
dc.description.abstract The aim of the study was to examine the challenges experienced at male initiation schools in the Eastern Cape Province, Mthatha District. It is alleged that during the month of June every year, some boys die at initiation schools mostly in Eastern Cape Province. One of the reasons of the cause of death is because some of them attend illegal initiation schools. The overall objectives were to explore the role of initiation schools, to assess the regulations that govern the opening and running of initiation schools, to identify palliatives that can be put in place to curb negative implications at initiation schools. The study was founded on the following theoretical framework to attain its findings; the socio-cultural theory. This study utilised the qualitative research design. Data collection methods included one-on-one interviews, un-structured interviews and focus groups. The study informants were selected using purposeful sampling technique and snow-balling sampling. The study of examining the challenges experienced at male initiation schools submits appropriate recommendations which may help in the effective indigenous knowledge management, curb unethical practices and challenges associated with the running of male initiation schools and sharing strategies in South Africa, other African countries and the world at large, particularly communities that still follow the cultural practice of male initiation. The study recommends that parliamentary legislative framework (policy) on initiation rite should be standardised and promulgated. Also, traditional leadership must have the powers over all matters of initiation rite and initiation schools in particular. Lastly, the study recommends that for future research, the use of male researchers would be advisable to allow more probing. en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 77 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject African Value System en_US
dc.subject Indigeneous knowlwdge system en_US
dc.subject Initiation Rites en_US
dc.subject Initiation Schools en_US
dc.subject.ddc 392.10963985
dc.subject.lcsh Xhosa (African people) -- Rites and ceremonies
dc.subject.lcsh Xhosa (African people) -- Health and hygiene
dc.subject.lcsh Circumcision -- Social aspects -- South Africa -- Eastern Cape
dc.subject.lcsh Circumcision, Male -- Adverse effects -- South Africa -- Eastern Cape
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnic groups -- South Africa == Eastern Cape
dc.title An examination of challenges experienced at Male Initiation Schools: The case study of Mthatha District in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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