The role of African Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), home-grown philosophies, indigenous languages, youth and gender dimensions in conflict resolution and peace building for sustainable development was the focus of a high-level virtual colloquium convened by the African Institute in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AIIKS), with its hub at UKZN in partnership with the Forum for Former […]
Director of the Department of Science and Innovation-National Research Foundation Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS) at UKZN, Professor Hassan Kaya participated in a panel discussion hosted by SA FM and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture in the run-up to Human Rights Day. The dialogue centred on the nexus between African Traditional Medicine […]
Sixteen African universities and research institutions signed a memorandum of understanding in a virtual ceremony hosted by UKZN to cement their partnership in establishing the African Institute in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AIIKS). Speaking at the ceremony, Honorary Professor in Electrical Engineering at UKZN, Professor Nelson Ijumba cited examples of African countries’ use of homegrown solutions […]
Welcome Message from the Director
Welcome to the DSI-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.
African Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Gender Dimensions and Youth in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Highlighted in High-Level Colloquium
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