The efficacy of young people’s theatre: a case study of the TUSEME project in Tanzania

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University of Dar es Salaam
This study uses the TUSEME project of Tanzania as a case study to evaluate the efficacy of young people’s theatre. The study is grounded in the theory of organisational culture to reveal trends, experiences, challenges as well as the efficacy of TUSEME among the participants. Through interviews, focus group discussions, project documents and participant observation, this study show that TUSEME as theatrical process spread to other African countries. The achievement of TUSEME created a need to grow from project level to programme which the Tanzania Ministry of Education and Vocational Training adopted. The study finds that TUSEME’s efficacy is undeniable among the participants of all levels. The participatory approach as TUSEME’s organisational culture triggers the empowerment spirit through the TUSEME process and clubs. Through TUSEME, participants can identify issues and respond appropriately to them. TUSEME has become an important avenue for training in leadership among not only young people but also unintended constituencies of teachers and facilitators in a sense, not spoken of. This study suggests that, for maximum success and sustainability of TUSEME practices, teachers should be an integral part of the programme. Therefore, the University of Dar es Salaam, through the Department of Creative Arts, in collaboration with all Universities, schools and colleges of Education in Tanzania and other interested institutions around the world, should introduce TUSEME as a full core courses to its students and to pre-service and in-service teachers as well. In that way, TUSEME will become a sustainable young people’s theatre empowerment movement in the World.
Available in printed form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF N8252.T34N428)
Theatre, Theatre and youth, Performing arts and younth, Social life, TUSEME project, Tanzania
Njewele, D.C (2018) The efficacy of young people’s theatre: a case study of the TUSEME project in Tanzania.Doctoral dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam.