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Title:Reclaiming Old Heritage for Proclaiming Future History: The Knowledge-for-Development Debate in African Context
Author:Bhola, H.S.
Year:2002
Periodical:Africa Today
Volume:49
Issue:3
Period:Fall
Pages:3-21
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:science
development
education
indigenous knowledge
Development and Technology
History and Exploration
Education and Oral Traditions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v049/49.3bhola.pdf
Abstract:In the context of the overarching processes of globalization, a model including two intersecting dialectics is offered: one between education and development, and another between indigenous and modern knowledge. It is argued that globalization, as we know it, must be reinvented; and the new definition of African development must accept limits to growth while using all the possibilities offered by African imagination, intellect, and existing material endowments. The dialectic between indigenous and modern knowledge will have to be self-consciously and systematically guided to be mutually enriching. Knowledge resulting from the integration of the indigenous and the modern will have to be systematically institutionalized within schools and universities. At the same time, indigenous knowledge must become a dynamic part of social processes of communities through organized classes for adults, first in the mother tongue, and then in the language of politics and the economy in the larger system. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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