‘The Knowledge Is in Your Ears, in the Stories You Hear from the Grandparents’: Creating Intercultural Dialogue Through Memories of Childhood

  • Anne-Trine KjørholtEmail author
  • Beatrice Matafwali
  • Mubanga Mofu
Part of the Palgrave Studies on Children and Development book series (PSCD)


‘I came here when I was young in 1966. We used to have only one big village called Kawama. In the evening we used to get together and play; “kamunshi kalila lila, nabushe, leya leya”, just like that’.

This is a short excerpt from the story of Joyse, a grandmother we met in a village at the Copperbelt in Zambia as part of the fieldwork. The aim of this chapter is to discuss a local-oriented approach to education, development and care in early childhood, pointing to the value of contextual knowledge about everyday life, play and learning of the past, and thereby contesting global discourses on education, rights, investment and school readiness. The discussion is anchored to a case study in rural Zambia, using grandparent’s memories of childhood to create intercultural dialogue and implement a local-oriented approach to development of early childhood development (ECD) centers in the communities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne-Trine Kjørholt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Beatrice Matafwali
    • 2
  • Mubanga Mofu
    • 2
  1. 1.Norwegian Centre for Child Research, Department of Education and Lifelong LearningNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Department of Educational Psychology, Sociology, and Special Education in the School of EducationUniversity of ZambiaLusakaZambia

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