University students shining in permaculture

Students under the faculty of permaculture and rural and community development at Share World Open University recently visited United Methodist Permaculture Demonstration at Madisi in Dowa to appreciate two large-scale permaculture sites. These are among a few outstanding permaculture demonstrations that showcase all the permaculture ethics and principles in practice through a variety of trees…

In sickness and in health

In as much as it sounds quite comforting to receive care from your loved one, most couples, in particular from a woman’s perspective, care from the opposite sex is usually scarce. In our tradition, it is common for a wife and her relatives to care for her sick husband, but is usually abandoned when sick.…

Maids and their roles in raising children

A study throws light on dangers of unqualified nannies and maids raising children. A study by Rayeesa Absal in an Ethiopian Gulf Newspaper shows that there has been a huge trend of housemaids and unqualified nannies rearing children. The research highlights the significant roles of parents in maximising the potential of their children’s performance in…

Relatives sometimes bring confusion and misunderstandings in families when seeking assistance. Cultural dynamics too may impact channels expected to be followed when approaching couples. Traditionally, relatives are expected to approach a husband as head of the family when the need for assistance arises. But should there be hard and fast rules? What if the man…

Time to talk about sex

Culturally, sexual communication to children is left to aunts, uncles or initiation counselors. Parents rarely engage in such talks as it is regarded as taboo. In urban settings, where initiation ceremonies do not exist, adolescents are left void of sexual knowledge and usually rely on hands-on experiences, peers, television and computers. A recent research by…

Of fathers who drool over daughters

Two weeks ago, Nation on Sunday carried an article in its Msangulutso supplement of a man in Mwanza who has been bedding his married daughter for some time until the husband caught them red handed and gave up on the marriage. The Mwanza scenario is one of the many reported and unreported cases of incest and sexual exploitation.…

When babies become garbage

There has been a lot of baby dumping cases as reported in the media. It then becomes logical to ask why women dump babies, who, naturally are meant to bond with, nurture and protect. The women, who are in different age groups, dump babies mainly in pit latrines after concealing both the pregnancy and birth.…

It is an open secret that house workers are an important component of the home as they play important roles at home. They handle critical and sensitive chores that include food preparation and taking care of children. In this era of HIV and Aids, some employers subject house workers to a mandatory HIV test as…

Patience, perseverance  before marriage pay

Wedding day is like a graduation day to many couples especially those that spend a long time in courtship. Couples promise each other many things while in love, the ultimate being marriage. It is very important that partners study each other before they get into marriage to know each other better. Samuel Chalera and Alinafe…

Appreciating roles women play

In some societies women are treated as second class citizens. But then, other than that of being home-makers, women’s other roles need to be appreciated. In different stages of formal education during social subjects we learn that a community, family, and individuals have their own roles. It’s with this knowledge in mind that we expect…