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National Council on Indigenous Knowledge System (IKSC) Inaugurated

04 Jul 2014

 

The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) has recently established a National Council for Indigenous Knowledge System (IKSC), as mandated by Section 19 of the Research, Science and Technology Act no 23 of 2004. The IKSC will work to facilitate the developmental agenda related to Indigenous Knowledge System in all sectors, including policy development, providing strategic direction on matters related to the indigenous knowledge system, such as ethics in research.

 

The Council may also perform functions such as enhancing, recognising, developing, and promoting the value and the role of indigenous knowledge and technology for development; advise on the integration of IKS into the education curriculum; facilitate and advise on the process of collecting & sharing of information on IKS practices in Namibia; as well as advise on intellectual property right issues pertaining to IKS.

 

Namibia has rich bio-diversity, which has remained largely untapped. Coupled with extensive indigenous knowledge relating to the use of plants, water, and animal products, for the treatment of disease, and as a source of food. With the arrival of western philosophy of development, the indigenous knowledge was haltered, suppressed, outlawed and neglected. This knowledge was thus not further developed and protected, though the knowledge among the elders still remains. It is for these reasons that indigenous knowledge should be collected, recorded, analysed, stored, protected, preserved and appreciated.

 

“We are therefore pleased to welcome our newly appointed members of the Indigenous Knowledge Council, and look forward to their  work in harnessing the extent of the indigenous knowledge system”, said Prof Andre du Pisani, Chairperson of the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology during inaugural meeting of the IKS Council members at the NCRST Head Office in Windhoek.

 

The following Council member have been appointed in the respective sectors and will commence duty as of July 2014:

 

Culture: Dr Jekura Uaurika Kavari

Law: Mr Moses Molatendi Moses

Natural Science: Ms Ivonne Mujoro

Health: Mr Nyanyukweni Pandeni Tshifugula