Initiation Schools

What We Do

In Vhembe, 12% of the sexual assaults are perpetrated by boys under the age of 18. To combat this, one of the unique programmes we run involves targeting boys, usually in their teens, at initiation (circumcision) schools. Initiation schools are meant to instill traditional values and recognise the transition of a boy into a man in the eyes of traditional communities.  We saw this as an opportunity. What if we tried to reach potential perpetrators and change attitudes about sexual and gender-roles up front, before they lead to violence? So, we established relationships with the surgeon and mentors and for the past 2 years have been leading discussions with the initiates on sexual and gender based violence, the legal rights of women and men, and other relevant topics.

Our Impact

As of 2016, this programme has reached

INITIATION SCHOOLS
YOUNG MEN

Our Challanges

Currently, TVEP staff run the dialogues and other activities aimed at the boys, but in order to increase sustainability, we are looking at ways we can capacitate the mentors and even the surgeons to take ownership and facilitate the dialogues on their own.