MAKING A SONG & DANCE OF IT

Making a Song and Dance of it

In this film Maasai girls sing to their parents and the Chief of their Village, asking them to send them to school.

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 What is the best way to persuade Maasai parents to send their daughters to school? A  meeting? Advertising? In the Ngoronogoro District of Tanzania, the more traditional but unlikely mediums of song and dance are being used, now often superseded in the 21st Century by alternative more western methodologies. Through performances, communities learn about the benefits of education for their daughters, and the lasting impacts it can have on their community. What makes this project so powerful is that it’s not our partners the Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC) giving the performance, it are the children themselves, standing up there and giving it some welly in their best efforts to persuade their parents to allow them to go to school.

Although a new initiative, the song and dance project has been received positively by many Maasai parents, Chiefs and Village Elders. In approximately a year the percentage difference between girls’ and boys’ enrolment in primary school has been reduced from 27 to 14%; the difference between girls’ and boys’ pass rates in the last year of primary education reduced from 36 to 9% and the percentage of girls completing primary school is up from 30% to 45%.  More girls in school, less dropouts and improved performance combine to open doors to a different future for the girls themselves, and their whole community.

Join the Dance

£84 will enable one child, unable to attend school, to go to evening classes for a year

£140 will pay for a song and dance workshop designed to change attitudes and get 49 more girls into primary schools

 

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