Throughout the long history of human evolution, progressive cognitive development has been the key driving force. The process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses, and the progressive capability of sharing such knowledge and understanding, has driven our species from its evolutionary origins in Africa nearly a billion years ago, to today’s technologically dependent Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The very significant scientific discoveries that emerged from the ancient caves of South Africa’s Blombos and Sibudu caves have morphed into today’s 4IR fueled Twitter feeds and similar messaging services that discourage global leaders and their followers from acquiring invaluable new knowledge at any levels greater than often misleading headlines.
The section begins with the thoughts of one of the world’s most celebrated linguists, philosophers and great thinkers of our times - Noam Chomsky discussing Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed; a highly appropriate body of knowledge that addresses the “oppression” of knowledge exclusion, and the most appropriate method of tuition consistent with the rapidly changing 4IR-driven information explosion, and its tragic consequence of mass information and knowledge exclusion, a form of information apartheid with potential to decimate the land that invented the societal variety. Please click the video image to access this discussion of Paulo Freire’s thoughts by leading academics in this critical field of research. Drawing from the thoughts of the Brazilian Paulo Freire aligns well with the SAKAN philosophy, drawing as it does from the Brazilian LAN House experience of technological appropriation by the socioeconomically excluded children of Brazil.
South Africa can benefit greatly from partnerships with Brazil, established within the growing BRICS community of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
SAKAN reference documents: Please download the reference document of your choice by clicking the relevant hyper link. More reference documents and sources of information are available within each key section, and more will be added as the SAKAN Initiative progresses.
The SAKAN Reference Documents Listed below are merely the beginning of a long journey towards presenting critical knowledge resources in a single easily accessible library. The list of research documents and thought-provoking articles relevant to this SAKAN initiative are growing daily, and available in all the multimedia communication platforms available today. Two such documents worthy of note are Richard T. Watson’s “Africa’s Contributions to Information Systems”, a highly appropriate reference to the beginnings of Information Systems in ancient Africa that enabled the massive Out of Africa Migration that led to the world as we know it today. This is followed by John Seely Brown’s excellent attempts to untangle the confused mass of 4IR “big data” through Deloitte's Center for the Edge: “Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Learner in the 21st Century”.. The Entrepreneurial Learner inferred or directly referred to by both authorities includes the 21st Century African child, who through poverty and information exclusion, has very little hope for a decent future unless initiatives like the SAKAN concept are unleashed to support the vital early childhood development (ECD) of the technological kind, in the child’s own backyard.
SAKAN welcomes all suggestions for the expansion of this list of reference documents. South Africa's triple threats are clearly of deep concern to South Africans, but they are not unique to South Africa. All offers of additional information that will help reduce the global threats of Inequality, Poverty and Unemployment through the application of ICT will be most welcome.
The slides below provide a visual reminder of how South Africa’s peers have succeeded in driving up affordable mass access to information for development, user skills, and related growth opportunities through variants of the Cyber Café model. Details of the proposed SA-LAN concept are available in the relevant pages of this website.