Staff from the Faculty of Human Sciences, Professors Sarala Krishnamurthy, Haileleul Woldemariam, recently travelled to Ruacana, in the Omusati Region. The purpose of the trip was to collect data from the Ovadhimba community.
With the ultimate objective of protecting, preserving and promoting the cultural rights of Namibian indigenous groups and their languages, specifically: Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, and Namibian Khoe Khoe, the two languages (dialects) that needs to go through the same process, will be:
During the June 2018 recess, a research team from NUST’s Faculty of Humanities launched the European Union funded Protect, Preserve and Promote Indigenous Cultures and Languages (P3ICL) project among the Ovambadja community of Okalongo.
Work Package 1
Work Package 2
Work Package 3
Work Package 4
Work Package 5
Work package 1 (WP1) will focus on collecting cultural expressions in the three selected language groups mainly via engagement with NUST students and communities in the Omaheke, Khomas, Ohangwena and Omusati regions.
WP2 will focus on digitalization, archiving, protection and preservation of cultural expressions to make them accessible for wider target population and all other interested parties.
WP3 will focus on developing a number of cultural products, based on the cultural expressions collected in WP1 and co-designed by representatives of the cultural groups.
WP4 will focus on implementing awareness raising activities which will be led by the Office of Student Affairs at NUST in close cooperation with the NUST FM community radio station.
Work Package 5 will focus on advocacy. Various strategies are used for this. NUST will involve key stakeholders in this action through the Advisory committee.
The Namibia University of Science and Technology is proud to implement the project Protecting, Preserving and Promoting Indigenous Languages and Culture (P3ICL) funded by the European Union with an approximate grant of N$ 3,750,000 (€ 250,000). The Project aims to focus on Owambo, Ovaherero and Khoe-khoe indigenous groups producing a repository of cultural expressions like proverbs, folk-tales and other scientific and non-scientific awareness raising products with the view to influencing national policies in its quest for promoting cultural unity in diversity in Namibia over 3 years together with the Ministry of Basic Education, Arts and Culture and its designated departments and UNESCO.