Over the last few years, I have asked myself how we can transfer knowledge about San culture to future generations. In the past, knowledge transfer was based on actual practice, children developing ways to mimic the hunters, and also dancing. Knowledge transmission was also done through storytelling around the evening fire. This was the way of the San and the manner of teaching the children.
But now we live in a digital world where communication is through cyber-networking. Today, San children use modern technology to access information and vast sources of knowledge. If so, why not digitize San cultural knowledge for them to learn about our way? We need a generation of San who are able to archive information online so that it can be accessed by the future generations.
I’m a native speaker of Naro from Botswana’s Ghanzi District. I’m a defender of of Indigenous rights and a strong supporter of inclusive social policy. As a young person from a very marginalized group, I have grown to understand the importance of culture in todays society. Whereas I know that change is inevitable, without the knowledge of where you come from and ideals that you represent, can bring harm to the very fight of the right to self-determination. I support all those who advocate towards them.