LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND SUSTAINABLE LEARNING SYSTEMS: A ZAMBIAN PROTOTYPE
Seoul National University (KOREA, REPUBLIC OF)
This paper looks at the contribution that local knowledge can make to both local communities and the global world. The paper examines both the theoretical underpinnings and also a Zambian prototype learning network designed to be socially and economically sustainable. First to be examined is the concept of local knowledge and how it is valued within a global framework. The global world and local communities are tied with shared challenges and resources – global disease, political and social instability, environment, and migration, along with communication, transportation and financial spread patterns. Both global and local expertise is required to confront these complex systems. The emerging theory of development which posits that ideas (rather than material resources) lead societies towards greater progress is laid as a foundation for the paper. The paper also reviews the theories of social networks and social learning within this context. The final section reviews the structure of the Zambian prototype and preliminary findings of interviews relative to its sustainability.