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By Gloria Emeagwali, Edward Shizha

This e-book is an highbrow trip into epistemology, pedagogy, physics, structure, medication and metallurgy. the focal point is on a number of dimensions of African Indigenous wisdom (AIK) with an emphasis at the sciences, a space that has been overlooked in AIK discourse. The authors offer varied perspectives and views on African indigenous clinical and technological wisdom which may gain a large spectrum of teachers, students, scholars, improvement brokers, and coverage makers, in either governmental and non-governmental businesses, and let serious and substitute analyses and percentages for realizing technological know-how and expertise in an African historic and modern context.

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Each person exists because the other person exists (Muwanga-Zake, 2009). In his groundbreaking work Let Africa Lead, Khoza (2005, p. ” Khoza (2005) adds that although Ubuntu is an African term, its philosophy can have a universal application, especially in indigenous societies as it can be seen with its Aboriginal conception related above. In 2010, during the author’s scholarly visit at the University of Waikato, in New Zealand, the author toured the Maori Cultural Village, during which he observed the values that relate to Ubuntu: singing, unity, respect, communality, etcetera.

64) cites the Final Report of “The Design and Technology Working Group” that states: Cultural diversity has always been a feature of British life…[providing] a richer learning environment for all…the teaching of design and technology will require perceptiveness and sensitivity from teachers’ [to take account of] different beliefs and practices, especially when food, materials and environmental designs are involved…there are rich opportunities here to demonstrate that no one culture has the monopoly of achievements in design and technology.

It is however important to note that cultural values and beliefs are not static, and in Africa most belief systems have been influenced by Western values through colonization and globalization. Cultural beliefs are tightly held and, although changes in cultural values may tend to mask these beliefs, only through deep interrogation can the strongly held beliefs be unearthed. , 2006). Findings from this study show that although students demonstrated an understanding of science, they still held traditional beliefs about causes of lightning and traditional medicine.

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