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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2012 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 14 | Page No.: 1445-1455
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2012.1445.1455
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General Practices on Indigenous Knowledge System Technology in Selected Regions of Namibia

Martin Shapi, Hina Mu Ashekele and Ahmad Cheikhyoussef

Research into Indigenous Knowledge System Technology (IKST) has been receiving increasing attention from research institutions and Government Ministries in Namibia during the last five years. Indigenous communities in Namibia possess a rich traditional knowledge expressed in many practices in their communities. This study aims to present and identify general indigenous practices that have potentials for development in four regions in Namibia. These regions were Omaheke, Oshikoto, Omusati and the Kavango. These indigenous technologies covered medical, pharmaceutical, indigenous food, tanning, construction and infrastructure technologies and household equipment of the local. This research article also presents Namibia’s best Indigenous Knowledge System Technology practices as compared to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (Nuffic) protocols. The comparison shows the potentials of these technologies despite their simplicity and poorly developed structures. The local communities need be educated on the importance of these indigenous technologies. The youth should also be encouraged to learn these knowledge systems to preserve them from being lost with the older generation.
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How to cite this article:

Martin Shapi, Hina Mu Ashekele and Ahmad Cheikhyoussef, 2012. General Practices on Indigenous Knowledge System Technology in Selected Regions of Namibia. Journal of Applied Sciences, 12: 1445-1455.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2012.1445.1455






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