Vedaaranya Heritage Arts and Healing Festival 2016

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Dr. Jabulani Makhubele

Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, University of Limpopo

 PhD (Social Work), North-West University

Exploring the impact of indigenous education for socio-economic development

Abstract: This paper examines the significance of indigenous education in relation to the extent to which it is relevant in addressing contemporary socio-economic needs and challenges. It bases its conceptual frameworks, firstly on Afro-centricity as an intellectual quest to demystify historical fallacies about African people and their cultural values, traditions, practices and customs and to re-construct a historiography that precisely embodies and acknowledges African cultural contributions to human growth and development. The Afro-centric theory seeks to re-define, re-assure, and re-affirm self-definition, self-affirmation and identity for Africans. Secondly, asset-based theory also provides guidance as it alludes to mobilising people’s talents, knowledge, capacities, values, experience, background information and resources in the service of achieving goals of having sustainable better life. With illustrations from the above-mentioned theories, the paper analyzes the ways in which indigenous education relates to socio-economic development and how failure to effectively work on this relationship can lead to disastrous consequences. Specifically, the focus will be on indigenous education in relation to poverty and unemployment, health insecurities and civic education to entrench patriotic, moral and democratic values in a society. An attempt to contextualize and indigenize education to suit the needs and culture of the disadvantaged Black majority in the changing South Africa is significant.