METHODS OR WAYS OF TRANSMITTING SEX EDUCATION IN AFRICAN TRADITION

METHODS OR WAYS OF TRANSMITTING SEX EDUCATION IN AFRICAN TRADITION

Knowledge concerning sex in African tradition was complex and a long process and it was every one’s responsibility in society. The following were some of the ways how sex education was passed on in African tradition;




Child games like hide and seek exposed young ones to sex. For example girls hide in dark corners and boys looked for them and upon seeing they could resolve each other to extent of exposing private parts.

There were poems and riddles which assisted in passing over information about sex. For example in Buganda there was a popular proverb that says ‘‘Lumonde omuto akulira ku miggo’’.

Related to the above there were courtship and dances In African traditional society as another method of passing over sex information for example among the Batooro of western Uganda, they had songs and dances of Lunyege Ntogoro during kadodi dance for Bagishu like (Sita omwana omwana babawe)




It was primarily responsible of close relatives of African traditional society to give knowledge about sex to young ones. For example in Buganda, the aunties passed on sex education to daughters of their brothers before marriage.

Fire places were a good avenue for imparting sex education to young ones In African traditional society when the parents of these children were seated around fire places they could reveal knowledge about sex.

Initiation rituals were source of imparting education to young ones in African tradition. For example in Buganda the twin dances.

Since work was done communally In African traditional society people were free to talk about sex while working. For example, among the Bakiga of Western Uganda women could teach newly married girl to please their husbands in bed.




Big sisters, brothers for example, elder sisters in Busoga could visit the bush and sometimes assist their young ones to bush schools.

Parents in African tradition revealed to their children to sex education in form of abusing them as a way of passing on sex education. For example mothers could tell them that they are like to get pregnant if they lack discipline.

In African traditional society young ones also get to know about sex after seeing animals and birds make noise in sex.

In African traditional society peer groups facilitated sex education whenever girls of same age came together; they would exchange knowledge about sex offenders controlled immorality among the youth.




The young were told their responsibilities according to sex and this made them ready for marriage.

The young people get to know about the biological changes in their lives during puberty stages through sex education. For example menstruation cycles, change in voices for both boys and girls therefore this reduced stress among the youth.

Sex education also assisted in avoiding cases of unwanted pregnancy therefore was highly respected.

Parents benefited in sex education by acquiring high dowry from their children who preserved their virginity. Those who lost their virginity before marriage were considered as second hand and could get less dowry.

Through sex education young children were given sex techniques to be used in their future marriage and this helped their marriage be stable.




It helped young people not misuse sex like in homosexuality, incest and many others

Sex education promoted cleanness among people. For example girls during their menstruation cycles were advised to bath twice a day to avoid smelling.

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