Culture and its impact on the education of the Maasai and the coastal women of Tanzania
European Journal of Social Sciences
Department of Statistics, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
The percentage of educated women vs that of men in Tanzania and indeed in the whole of sub Saharan Africa is not the same. The percentage of educated women lags that of men. Traditional culture is singled out as a significant factor contributing to this anomaly in Tanzania. This factor is analyzed for selected tribes of Tanzania, namely the coastal people with their menarche culture and he Maasai with their circumcision culture. Although the two cultures are significantly different, they have the same impact on marriage and education for the women in their respective tribes. Even through the analysis has been done primarily to the Maasai and the Coastal women of Tanzania, the phenomenon of education neglect for women is prevalent to most of the tribes in Tanzania. Recommendations are made to show what should be done to rectify the situation so as to narrow the gap between the proportion of women educated and that of men.