Projects

Survival and Legacy of Trans-generational Memories of Colonialism In Mgao, Mtwara-Tanzania

LOCATION

Mgao Village, Naumbu Ward—Mtwara Region, Tanzania

OUR TEAM

Mkuta Majuto Swedi, Main Researcher

Fred Gwakisa, Research Assistant

Fatuma H. Mbeha, Headmaster – Kisiwa Secondary School

Rukia Ally Nandonde, Headteacher — Mgao Secondary School

Students from Mgao Primary School (standard four their age is about 9-10, and standard six their age is about 11-12 years old)

Students from Kisiwa Secondary School (form one their age is about 14-16 and form three their age is about 16-18 years old) respectively

SYNOPSIS AND POSITION

The project was about advancing a recent encounter with transgenerational memories of colonialism at Mgao village in the Mtwara region to the young generation particularly those within the school environment aged 7-18 years old to archive their understanding of colonialism. The goal was to document methods used to transmit transgenerational memories of trauma and what would be the best approach to preserve them in southern Tanzania. Memories here included those of trauma related to colonialism and slave trade but without excluding tradition and customs which are fundamental in understanding remembering or forgetting traumatic pasts.

OBJECTIVES AND METHODS

The main objective of the project was to investigate the survival and legacy of transgenerational memories of colonialism among the young generation in Mgao village. Specifically, identifying types of memories preferred by the young generation of Mgao village; examples that are used in schools or homes and their connection to the history of place or lineage, and annotating mechanism used for archiving transgenerational memories locally. Interviews and Focus Group Discussions were used as research methods.

ACTIVITIES

This research applied interviews, focus group discussions and documentary reviews. Primary data were collected by using oral interviews and focus group discussions, oral interviews and focus group discussions were conducted with students from Mgao primary school and kisiwa secondary school. Mgao Primary School (standard four, their age is about 9-10, and standard six, their age is about 11-12 years old) and Kisiwa Secondary School (form one their age is about 14-16 and form three their age is about 16-18 years old) respectively. Secondary Data were obtained through the reviews of materials.such as books internet, documentaries, published reports and papers related to the topic.

Mtwara Region, Tanzania