June 13, 2024
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UDS lead efforts to document indigenous tools for Africa’s future development

In a bid to address the challenge of documenting indigenous tools crucial for Africa’s development, Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Prof. Al-Hassan Seidu, has emphasize the need for preserving traditional knowledge for future generations.

According to Prof. Seidu, Africa possesses tools for measuring development inherent within its indigenous cultures. However, the pivotal task lies in documenting these tools for effective integration into the modern world.

Speaking at the made-in-Africa (MEL INDABA) program, a collaboration between UDS, the MasterCard foundation, and several African nations, the vice chancellor highlighted the importance of utilizing Africa’s own resources for sustainable progress.

The tools for measuring development are already well known in Africa; our main challenge is how we can consciously document these tools and then have future generations study them.

Mr. Al-Hassan Seidu is also advocating for the widespread adoption of this initiative by tertiary institutions and called for its inclusion in the educational syllabi of African countries, starting from basic schools.

This workshop, at the end of the day, should pave the way for institutional buy-in, from tertiary to secondary institutions, and ultimately, integration into the educational syllabi in Africa.

The three-day seminar held in Tamale, attracted representatives from ten different African countries, including West African francophone and anglophone nations, East Africa, and Central Africa.

The participants comprises academic experts, monitoring evaluation learning (MEL) practitioners, youth and gender representatives, knowledge holders, and thought leaders.

Lead Project Convenience, Mr. Hardi Shahadu, emphasized the importance of NGOs and institutional alignment of projects with the needs of indigenous communities they aim to assist. He further urged organizations to engage with communities to understand their requirements thoroughly before implementing projects.

The twelve-month project, spearheaded by the University For Development Studies and supported by the MasterCard Foundation and other African partners, aims at documenting indigenous tools and evaluate their effectiveness across other African countries.

The initiative seeks to provide a visionary approach to Africa’s development, while also showcasing African culture and traditions to the world.

The event also featured cultural displays, with representatives adorned in African-made garments, further emphasizing the project’s focus on promoting African heritage.

Story By: Addy Edem Kennedy

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