The African Girls’ Government School in Tanga: Micropolitics on the Muslim coast of Tanganyika in the 1930s
Florence WENZEK, “The African Girls’ Government School in Tanga: Micropolitics on the Muslim coast of Tanganyika in the 1930s.” Mambo! Vol. XVI (9), 2019. This paper focuses on micropolitics involved in the opening of a government girls’ school in Tanga, on the coast of Tanganyika, in the early 1930s. Through a study of elites’ involvement in the opening of the school, this paper deconstructs the colonial discourse concerning African and Muslim’s rejection of girls’ schooling. It shows that the opening of the school was not really a decision of the administration but rather the result of an interaction in which the colonized took major initiatives. The actors involved in the opening of the school were mainly male, but its early beginnings were carefully looked at by the pupils’ mothers. This study case underlines how microhistory allows proposing new narratives of the development of schooling in a colonial context such as Tanganyika.