Parents in Eswatini Demand Apology After Teachers Union Promotes Transgenderism

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Parents in Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, are demanding an apology from teachers after an official of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) stated support of transgenderism in schools. 

When addressing teachers during the Gender Equality as a Fundamental Human Rights and Sexual Orientation workshop at Sigwaca House on November 28 in the capital Mbabane, SNAT Secretary General, Lot Vilakati, reportedly championed the rights of transgender persons.

He is reported to have said that some children are facing discrimination because of the sexual orientation they choose to identify with, and that the issue of lesbians, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer was the future.

In a petition launched by the African branch of the International Catholic activist organization, CitizenGO Africa, members of the Concerned Parents Swaziland say that "SNAT is not telling the truth about transgenderism.”

“We, as parents, have noted with concern the statements issued by the SNAT teachers organization during a workshop that was held at Sigwaca House on 28th November 2023. We note that SNAT is outright against us by spreading false information about the so-called transgender children,” they say in the Monday, December 4 online petition.


In the petition titled, “Withdraw and apologize about your remarks on pushing transgenderism in schools”, members of the Concerned Parents Swaziland add, “We hereby call for your immediate withdrawal of those remarks and all the intentions to push transgenderism in schools.”

They say that SNAT also aims at promoting Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), "which focuses on indoctrinating children with explicit and immoral content, including explicit sexualization, LGBT propaganda, and lies about what defines a man and a woman."

"Amongst many things, CSE even endorses practices such as promiscuity, teaching masturbation to 4-year-old children, and abnormal acts, as well as early sexual initiation that are harmful to children and youth," members of the Concerned Parents Swaziland further say.

CSE, they continue, "proposes teaching children that gender is a social construct and teaching them to appreciate their own gender identity and demonstrate respect for the gender identity of others from the age of nine."

Members of the Concerned Parents Swaziland say teachers should refrain from introducing children to "ideologies that attempt to re-define gender as it is known."

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"We also expect teachers to respect the religious, cultural, and ethical backgrounds of the children they are entrusted with teaching," they say in the petition that was started on December 4.

They emphasize, “The current approach by SNAT to sexuality education is a clear danger to children and it must stop! We, as parents, do not approve of this approach at all!”

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.