Curating indigenous knowledge and practices for sustainable development: possibilities for a socio-ecologically-minded university

Mbah, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-4199-0819 and Fonchingong, C., 2019. Curating indigenous knowledge and practices for sustainable development: possibilities for a socio-ecologically-minded university. Sustainability, 11 (15): 4244. ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract

Higher education continues to play an integral role in fostering regional development and this is underpinned by the concept that universities possess a social responsibility as proponents of progress in relation to society's socio-economic, political and environmental challenges. Different approaches have been articulated but none seems to provide a useful framework to support African universities’ contribution to development in their regions. This paper interrogates the idea of the ecological university and moves on to posit the possibility for a socio-ecological premise to meet environmental and societal needs, based on a symbiotic relationship between indigenous practices and a university’s capacity to engender sustainable development. Findings from an in-depth analysis of participants' transcripts drawn from qualitative responses depict indigenous knowledge and practices which can galvanise environmental and societal sustainability, and bring to the fore the idea of the socio-ecologically-minded university.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sustainability
Creators: Mbah, M. and Fonchingong, C.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 2019
Volume: 11
Number: 15
ISSN: 2071-1050
Identifiers:
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10.3390/su11154244DOI
Rights: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 08 Aug 2019 08:30
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 08:30
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37190

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