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Gulu University to offer indigenous languages replace western system of learning


The Acholi traditional cultural leaders held herbal awareness week and launch of the Telehealth Portal under Indigenous Knowledge and the University attracting world academia scholars. Conspiracy

Francis Opwonya, the man of 64 traditional herbal medicine that can cure diabetic, ulcer, impotent and cancer of all types, trained by Gulu University under Herbal Medicine was among others participants.

GULU CITY-UGANDA:  Prof. George Openyjuru Ladaa, Vice Chancellor for Gulu University during the launch of the Telehealth Portal Indigenous Knowledge, says what Gulu University is doing is to validate Acholi Traditional Knowledge to be accepted by the world.

Prof. Ladaa adds that not only Indigenous Knowledge, but also traditional medicine we have to validate in a way that will help the world, western system, and western Knowledge we have become enemy to our own system and enemy to ourselves.

“We are going to introduce Acholi Transitional Justice System of Mato Oput in Gulu University faculty that will focus

Dr. Alice Lamwaka  who is heading Gulu University faculty of traditional medicine and  Indigenous Knowledge she says Gulu University Traditional Medicine  faculty  run a series of programs, it has five different disciplines, including traditional medicine, traditional healing based on spirituality in health care medicine, traditional medicine, quality control and research.

Dr. Lamwaka revealed that Gulu University has been conducting courses on traditional medicine; the programs for five months, over 200 participants have qualified already.

Others have long traditional medicine certificates for 2 years and 4 years courses.

Dr. Lamwaka says Gulu University through traditional medicine has discovered COVID-19 traditional cure allowing Gulu University treating COVID-19 pandemic patents, which has resulted into low COVID-19 pandemic in Acholi Sub Region.

Francis Opwonya is traditional medicine healer he has his traditional herbal shop in Lacor centre 6 kilometre outskirt of Gulu City, he has 64 different types of herbal drugs.

Opwonya says his herbal traditional medicine cures Ulcer, diabetic, Tuberculosis, tetanus, high blood pressure, impotent and all kinds of cancer diseases.

“If you are lucky when you are poisoned of all kinds of poisons, once your case is reported to me, you will not die.”Opwonya reiterates.

Opwonya luck happened by miracle happened during the Lord’s Resistance Army LRA, says one day during the family meeting when he disagreed with his mother and brothers, he was beaten and left to die.

Instead of dying from the torture from the parent and his brothers, he decided run away from home. Later he has to spend 7 years in the wilderness where he discovered herbal medicine.

“All this herbal i used to cure people, i have discovered it because it became my food, some fruits i was feeding on were poisons to me, but i have to look for anti these poisons. One day when I ate it I was about to die but after realizing that, i had to look for some fruit that later saved my life.” This has been discovered by herbalists.

Opwonya is among the Acholi traditional cultural leaders who have been earmarked by Gulu University to begin lecturing traditional medicine in Gulu University. He is among those who have qualified from Gulu University medical faculty.

Prof. Catherine A. Odora Hopper during the launch of the telehealth portal at Gulu University in her general remarks says African are in celebration of humanity and plurality, with a humble knowledge is a partial knowledge she reasoned.

Therefore, and as a partial knowledge, it is an invitation to the universe, our being. Humility necessitates openness; emergence and humble knowledge are plural knowledge that refuses to seek hegemony.

It means no sciences can musumize anothers knowledge. No society should triage another; there is no failed society or failed knowledge which deserves to be eliminated.

A humble knowledge belongs to the commons; to innovate and create is to be part of a community of thinkers

Prof. Odora Hoppers argues that humble knowledge needs justice from time and in scientists, Indigenous Knowledge (IKS) is not ancestral, or an object to be developed by scientists, IKS is our contemporary. And IKS invites a conversation.

Indigenous knowledge seeks to create epistemologies that prevent knowledge from being exploited, extractive or violent.

She adds that a humble knowledge realizes that epistemology as a validation or test of knowledge, cannot be ritualised in a laboratory through formal science alone!!!

Epistemology and livelihoods

Prof. Odora  elaborated that epistemology today has to connect life, life worlds, life cycles, livelihoods and lifestyle.

“Knowledge” (not information or data), constitutes that interconnectivity between the different worlds.

A humble knowledge is a prudent knowledge and a modest knowledge which has its roots in survival, subsistence and coping.

Why we are here…

This is not a historical moment because, history is often painful;

History demands body counts.

IKS is a prayer, a ritual, a celebration, a gift, an offering.

These are thoughts winnowed from the folklore of suffering and exclusion (Visvanathan 2016).

A week telehealth zoom conference attracted academia whole over the world, during the fireplace wang of the Acholi hegemony learning system.

The scholars from Busonga Sub Region from Eastern Uganda, who later agree to meet the leaders from Acholi Sub Region to form Indigenous Knowledge languages, are tough in its holistic method.



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