Handbook of Research on Protecting and Managing Global Indigenous Knowledge Systems
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Handbook of Research on Protecting and Managing Global Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Rendani Tshifhumulo (University of Venda, South Africa) and Tshimangadzo Justice Makhanikhe (University of Venda, South Africa)
Pages: 450|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7492-8
ISBN13: 9781799874928|ISBN10: 1799874923|EISBN13: 9781799874935


Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) is defined as a combination of knowledge systems encompassing technology, social, economic, and philosophical learning, or educational, legal and governance systems just to mention but a few. Indigenous knowledge is the local knowledge – knowledge that is unique to a given culture or society. This implies that this knowledge differs from a community to community. Most of this knowledge has been transferred from one generation to the other through a word of mouth and very little have been documented. The fact that most of it is still not written down is a serious challenge. This knowledge is fading away as it has not been documented and as the elderly members of the community dies the knowledge also disappear. In their efforts towards the recognition, promotion and preservation of IKS the South African passed Act no 6 of 2019 which is the Protection, promotion, development and management pf Indigenous Knowledge System. The National Department of Science and Technology in collaboration with the higher learning institution has developed a four (4) year inter – multi – disciplinary professional degree called the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (B.IKS) with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). There is a serious lack of reading materials for both staff and students for this particular degree and this book is going to assist in beefing up the currently available sources. The book will be very significant to lecturers who teaches Indigenous Knowledge Systems in institutions of higher learning and in other contexts and environments. The book is also a tool for the preservation and promotion of indigenous knowledge through research. The book is going to be one of the prescribed books for this degree as it was developed with the curriculum for this degree in mind.

This book will preserve indigenous knowledge systems through research and assist learners and teachers in the field of Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

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