African indigenous knowledge systems and relevance of higher education in South Africa
The higher education system in Africa and South Africa in particular, is still too academic and distant from the developmental challenges of African local communities. The integration of African indigenous knowledge systems (AIKS) into the higher educational system could improve its relevance. This is due to the holistic, community-based nature and approach of AIKS to education and knowledge production. However, this requires an African indigenous theoretical framework of knowledge to guide the integration process. The framework should also clarify the relevance of African indigenous languages in knowledge production and sharing in the era of globalisation. There is also need for a strong institutional support system for a sustainable integration as shown by the experiences of some higher educational institutions in South Africa.