n South African Journal of Higher Education - Eziko : Sipheka Sisophula. Nguni foundations for educating/researching for sustainable development

Volume 19, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



We hope that this presentation provides educators, researchers, and students with a sense of cultural foundations of Indigenous and Western ways of knowing that serve to open up intellectual and intercultural dialogues that go beyond oppositional, divisive, and polarizing discourses that have characterized the colonial/apartheid eras within the academy. Throughout this discussion we illustrate that around <I>eziko</I> and &lt;I&gt;Ganma&lt;/I&gt; exist the spirit of connectedness, humility, and respect that affirm diverse stories participants bring, and validate new knowledge they co-create. Therefore, to those wedded to the European/Western culture and science, we hope that this article will provide deeper insight and appreciation of the ancient knowledge and wisdom of indigenous peoples. What all of us need in the new era is a mutually beneficial bridge and dialogue between Indigenous and Western scientists and educators. This article and our other work of the same genre constitute the first step.

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