“Our history did not begin with colonisation. It did not even begin with the history of the infamous slave trade which lasted for over 400 years. Africa’s history has a glorious stance as the cradle of mankind”. These were the words of former President of Ghana, John Mahama, when he delivered the keynote address at […]
In partnership with the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology (DHEST), UKZN hosted the first of its kind conference on the critical role played by traditional midwives – known as Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) – in communities around the country and in various developing countries. The two-day conference themed: Restoring African Dignity through Traditional Birth […]
The Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS) at UKZN hosted, for the fifth time, a cohort of more than 40 Diplomacy scholars from United States of America, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, participating in the International Scholar Laureate Programme ISLP) for a colloquium on Advancing Social Cohesion and Transformation through the Democracy of Knowledge Systems, focusing on the role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in Higher Education.
Welcome Message from the Director
Welcome to the DST-NRF Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS)
CIKS is a partnership of five higher education institutions in South Africa, with its hub at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa. The CIKS is a strategic instrument of implementing the National IKS Policy (2004) and facilitates the integration of IKS in higher education as a key component of human capital development and social transformation. It is through its mandated areas of research, postgraduate training, information brokerage, networking and community engagement that CIKS stimulates a paradigm shift in the advancement of the democracy of knowledge systems. Essentially, CIKS promotes the recognition of multiplicity of knowledge systems in the global knowledge economy, which are culturally, place-based and complementary in order to mitigate against the dominance of western knowledge system in the global knowledge economy. As a knowledge systems on its own merit, Indigenous Knowledge (IK) has its own worldview, epistemology, research methodology and value systems. Therefore, its promotion enables South Africa and Africa as a whole, to enter the global knowledge economy on its own terms rather than those dictated by others.
The inclusion of IK holders and practitioners in knowledge production, management and protection, makes knowledge production, innovation, and human capital development more relevant to sustainable community livelihood and development. It breaks barriers between local communities, academia, industry, business, and government. It builds an active citizenry through mobilization of community based knowledge systems in the knowledge economy and sustainable development process. The CIKS welcomes your partnership to build an active citizenry through IKS for improved quality of life.
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