"MOTHEO Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Project was developed from the concern African indigenous knowledge is gradually losing its status and also running the risk of being eroded. Custodians of indigenous knowledge, mainly elderly women and traditional healers do not have a system of recording this valuable knowledge. Due to the erosion of traditional mechanisms through which indigenous knowledge was transmitted from generation to generation, most of the younger generation, captured by western influence and formal education do not embrace indigenous knowledge and perceive it as backward and inferior. This state of affairs has to be reversed if the current drive to promote, develop and protect IKS in South Africa has to succeed. It is important to create the awareness among young people that IKS is a ‘science’ and that what makes it different from western science is the social, economic, political and cultural context.

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‘MOTHEO’ IKS project
Promoting the status of indigenous knowledge among the youth by engaging learners in processes reflecting its scienctific and socio-economic value

Mfalatsane Priscillah LUKA   Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

"MOTHEO Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Project was developed from the concern African indigenous knowledge is gradually losing its status and also running the risk of being eroded. Custodians of indigenous knowledge, mainly elderly women and traditional healers do not have a system of recording this valuable knowledge. Due to the erosion of traditional mechanisms through which indigenous knowledge was transmitted from generation to generation, most of the younger generation, captured by western influence and formal education do not embrace indigenous knowledge and perceive it as backward and inferior. This state of affairs has to be reversed if the current drive to promote, develop and protect IKS in South Africa has to succeed. It is important to create the awareness among young people that IKS is a ‘science’ and that what makes it different from western science is the social, economic, political and cultural context.

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