As the world tries to go into an era of sustainability as green technology and production methods are hailed, perhaps it is the need of the hour to bring back indigenous education. Indigenous cultures have even though been wiped out or declined from most parts of the civilized world, still have some vestiges left. If we try perhaps we can again find from them what was once abundant in the world; a love for mother earth. Earth’s natural resources are being depleted at a rate faster than they are being renewed. For this we should incorporate in school curriculum indigenous education, so we inculcate in children love for the earth while at the same time teaching them how to make the world a greener place.
If we start teaching children about local cultures at an early age not only will they find in their hearts a greater respect for the way of life but perhaps also find ways of using that education to blend in with mainstream schooling. Organizations like Yarn Strong Sista aim to do this by teaching aboriginal education. For more details, click here.
Think of it in terms of science for example, these cultures survived for thousands of years by using traditional hunting and gathering methods. When a child learn about these coupled with science they will definitely create and invent new methods which are not only green but relevant and helpful for today’s world.
Hopefully coupling these two methods of education will help the world become a sustainable, greener place.