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ERIC Number: EJ990628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Lehae-La-Rona: Epistemological Interrogations to Broaden Our Conception of Environment and Sustainability
Mokuku, Tsepo
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v17 p159-172 2012
This paper develops and explores "lehae-la-rona" and its potential value in environment and sustainability discourse. It draws on African-centred concepts and critiques of dominant Eurocentric theoretical frameworks. In particular, Ani's concepts of "asili," "utamawazo" and "utamaroho" and Indigenous knowledge theory are applied to appreciate the nature of Indigenous knowledge in Lesotho. Against this backdrop, the concepts of revealed knowledge, "pono," and "pono-tebo" are applied to conceptualize "lehae-la-rona." It is argued that "lehae-la-rona" can enable a holistic conceptualization of environment and position it and the local language, Sesotho, at the centre of Education for Sustainable Development discourse to offer a more African centred worldview. (Contains 2 figures.)
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Lesotho