IKS Centre Hosts Annual Indigenous Knowledge Holders and Practitioners Day

Koos Degenaar -- Sat, 10/31/2015 - 10:41

NWU IKS Centre hosts annual Indigenous Knowledge Holders and Practitioners Day

The Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Centre of Excellence at the NWU Mafikeng Campus, held their Annual Indigenous Holders and Practitioners Day on 17 October on the Campus. 

The theme for this year’s event was “Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Indigenous Knowledge Systems”.  

The purpose of the annual event is to create an environment for IK holders and practitioners to engage with students who have registered for the B.IKS programme.  It is also to recognize and acknowledge the role of IK holders in teaching, learning and research in IKS and to expose the IKS students to the practical side of Indigenous Knowledge and make it interesting and appealing to them.  This is due to the fact that IK is a community-based knowledge which is also scientific and relevant in the global knowledge economy. The IK holder and practitioner`s day is also a strategy to bridge the intergenerational gap between the young and old and ensure transmission of knowledge and wisdom to posterity.

According to Mr Motheo Koitsiwe, a lecturer at the Department, the annual event came into existence in 2013 after Mme Grace Masuku was awarded a Chancellor’s medal by the Mafikeng Campus for the role she plays in promoting the culture and traditions of the Batswana people and her knowledge of medicinal and indigenous plants.  “The need was then identified to create a platform for students to be exposed to Indigenous Knowledge”.

The topics selected for 2015 were directly in line with the B.IKS curriculum, which included Standardization of Traditional Medicine and Practices by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), African Indigenous Education, Oral Traditions in SA and Batswana Music and Dance.  The event was particularly exciting in that it revealed the philosophical and scientific nature of IKS in a way that has never been done before.