initiation school - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] South African 

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/ɪnɪʃiˈeɪʃ(ə)n ˌskuːl/
singularinitiation school
pluralinitiation schools
  1. in some traditional African societies, a place where teenage boys spend time as part of the process of becoming adults, including being circumcised

    A lack of legislation stipulating a minimum age at which boys in Lesotho can attend an initiation school and be circumcised has seen boys as young as 12 dropping out of school and heading for the mountains.