CHOMA Museum and Crafts Centre Executive Director Bevine Sangulube has called for the revival of the girls’ initiation ceremony called Nkolola and boys’ Kugobelo.
Nkolola was a traditional ceremony for the Tonga people conducted after girls gets of age while boys received counsel from elders during a session called Kugobelo.
Speaking during a Secondary Schools Debate competition held at Choma Trade Training Institute (CTTI) Ms Sangulube said the two events were important platforms to prepare the girls and boys into adulthood.
Ms Sangulube said similar ceremonies were conducted in other provinces, during which boys and girls were taught.
She said during Nkolola girls were taught about hygiene, how to live with people, and also to prepare for the future while boys received similar teachings during the Kugobelo hence the need to revive the two events.
“Nkolola was a good thing but it has been misunderstood, girls were taught about hygiene, how to live with people and also to prepare for the future.
“I was part of it and learnt from that, as they taught us helpful values and here I am,” she said.
She said there was a lot of gender based violence (GBV) nowadays because some parents do not understand their roles.
“Others believe that Nkolola is old fashioned and only for people in the village but our parents were not fighting as is the case now, we grew up in a good environment.
“A lot of things are happening wrongly, that is why we need to get back where we started from,” she said.
She said Nkolola was not teaching about preparing for marriage but taught the girls about being responsible citizens.