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MESA UNIVERSITY PROGRAMME Situating innovations in African Culture, Epistemology and Context. Presentation prepared for the Educate the Educators ESD Innovation Course (UNEP/SADC-REEP ) Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi-Kenya 4-9 May 2006 By Dorcas Beryl Otieno (PhD)
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Situating innovations in African Culture, Epistemology and Context.
Presentation prepared for the Educate the Educators ESD Innovation Course (UNEP/SADC-REEP )
Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi-Kenya 4-9 May 2006
Dorcas Beryl Otieno (PhD)
University education must embark upon a discussion of transformative vision if we are to have an education that holds the core values of sustainability.
management, engagement in core values and assessment of organizational change, lend themselves well to moving higher education towards sustainability. Pittman, J. (2004).
According to the Working paper for Africa-UNESCO-Nairobi clusster countries contextualization for Africa needs should consider the following key issues which are linked to the implementation of NEPAD, EFA &MDGs.
· Society, environment, economy
Knowledge systems: Development of indigenous knowledge systems e.g. local religions, traditional foods, knowledge for biodiversity conservation; integration of the local knowledge with the other knowledge systems, sustainable usage of biodiversity.
·Local context: Existing policies, economic, social, political conditions, corruption, intergenerational equity, ethnicity, governance, debts.
·Health: Integration of the traditional medicines and the ‘modern medicine’; development of effective medical institutions to curb potential pandemics
work with national publishers and textbook committees to infuse sustainability into books.
Initiate Interdisciplinary courses in sustainability degree requirements across disciplinary schools
Place graduates who have completed courses in ESD in key institutions and ministerial positions to help influence and bring about change
There is need to develop cross institutional sustainability assessment toolkit to enhance strategic planning while ensuring that specific tools are contextualised to address local needs.