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Introduction – Indigenous Environmental Digital Education for Cultural Survival
Several indigenous people face severe environmental degradation which impact their cultural lives, traditional governance systems, foods, and knowledge systems. This study gives a critical discussion of the impact of digital education on indigenous people for cultural survival with a focus on the Australian aborigines. The cause of the challenges and environmental issues facing the indigenous people lies on their culture and their relationship with the environment. For instance, due to the nature of their lives, the indigenous people do not have the advantage of the digital technology which would help in making their lives easier.
Some of the indigenous people in Australia do not have control over their land or traditional territories and hence they do not make decisions on how their land would be used and how their children would access education. It is important to define the concept of environmental philosophy. According to Anuik and Gillies (2012), environmental philosophy examines the relationship between human beings and the natural environment.
Environmental philosophy indicates that human beings should clearly understand and relate with the environment. In doing this, there is a need to using digital technology such as the website and social media. This study deduces that many indigenous Australians have strong relationship with their country and culture and since they are considered as isolated community, they should use digital technology to connect with people outside their immediate environments. This study further deduces that the indigenous people have poor ways of passing knowledge and skills to the next generation. Indigenous Environmental Digital Education for Cultural Survival.
Therefore, digital technology such as digital camera would improve knowledge transfer because they can take photos and record videos of their environment to be viewed by the next generation. However, there is limited research on the indigenous environmental digital education for cultural survival and hence several studies should be conducted focusing on this topic. Indigenous Environmental Digital Education for Cultural Survival.
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