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How access to and understanding of indigenous knowledge and stories will positively transform the future of humanitarian action in development education.

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A Digital Indigenous Knowledge System for Future Education and Sustainable Development. Background: Indigenous knowledge systems have remained instrumental in evaluating organically-formed processes of civilization and development. This knowledge is delivered through oral storytelling and depends upon older generations memory of culture, traditions, and history and a continuation of a tradition of passing down this knowledge as folklore (Finnegan, 2012). As future education systems migrate to virtual landscapes, there is a need for this knowledge system to be preserved and embedded into the digital space to continue providing structures for understanding, interpreting, and applying stories that promote sustainable development. This should occur alongside ongoing efforts to deconstruct education systems and learning methods, considering how knowledge, education, and learning need to be reimagined in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and precarity (UNESCO, 2020). Methodology: A mixed research process including: curating indigenous African folktales from different sources, interviewing global educators, incorporating indigenous folktales in STEM lessons for learners aged between 5-10 years old. Results: A digitized indigenous education resource that can be accessed globally, aimed at enhancing our collective knowledge, which is humanitys greatest renewable resource for responding to challenges and inventing alternative solutions. Discussion: This paper will challenge development educators to discuss how to decolonize knowledge structures that shape education development projects, taking into account the input of marginalized, local humanitarians from indigenous societies. Sources: 1. Finnegan, R. (2012) Oral Literature in Africa. New Edition [online]. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers. 2. UNESCO (2020) Futures of Education. https://en.unesco.org/futuresofeducation/initiative

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