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TanzaniaMother Daughter Literacy

Partners: ELCA and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania


Traditionally, women have learned about nutrition and child care through church sponsored courses, but seldom were gender awareness, womens life cycles, violence against women and AIDS discussed. In the course developed by this project, women will have the opportunity to learn about themselves and develop their potential for leadership in their communities. Coordinated through the Womens Desk of the ELCT, the staff of Mwangaza Educational Resource Center invite women from the dioceses in a particular region to send representatives to the course to be trained to teach other women in their own areas. Given the struggle of Tanzanian women for opportunities to develop their gifts in a male dominated, hierarchical society, the course makes a significant contribution to their efforts.


Mother Daughter Literacy is a series of two, three-week courses designed especially for women. Through problem posing, discussion, visual aids, music and drama, women discuss the following topics in the first phase:

" Their roles in the village
" Formal and informal education and support of daughters in education
" Gender awareness
" Public health issues
" Womens life cycles

The second phase course includes:

" Accounting
" Solar cooking
" Water and health issues
" Nutrition
" Childcare
" Womens life cycles
" Violence

Both courses emphasize leadership role models. The Tanzanian staff at Mwangaza teach the courses.

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