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NCRST Sponsors Preserve Namibia Indigenous Project

17 Mar 2016


The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, together with the Directorate of Namibia Library and Archives Services (NLAS), Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has launched the ''Preserve Namibia Indigenous Knowledge Project” on 15 March 2016 in Windhoek.

The project aims to contribute and to enrich the preservation of indigenous knowledge for future generation as well as to assist in introducing digital systems to improve and enable easy access to indigenous information.

“The Directorate of Namibia Library and Archives Services (NLAS), Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture identified a gap or unavailability of indigenous knowledge in various libraries and information centres in the country. NLAS sourced out funds and introduced a project titled “Preserve Namibia Indigenous Knowledge Project”, a two years project funded by the National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST),” said Namutenya Hamaalwa, Chief Librarian in the Ministry.

As from March – September 2015, 16 videos on Ovawambo indigenous food, drinks and utensils have been recorded; a website on Namibia indigenous knowledge is developed and is accessible to the public.

On future plans, Hamaalwa, said that: “Since phase one of the project is only carried in four regions, the team is planning to roll out the project to all regions; to publish indigenous information in print and electronic format; to design mobile apps, and social media accounts; to distribute indigenous materials to libraries, information centres, and media centres as well as to submit copies to the National Archives and National Library of Namibia for preservation.”

For more information on this project, visit their website at http://preservenamibia.org