Voices heard and lessons learnt : Exploring multiple knowledges and local participation in a community-based integrated early childhood development project in rural South Africa
Murray, J., & Rudolph, N. (2019). Voices heard and lessons learnt : Exploring multiple knowledges and local participation in a community-based integrated early childhood development project in rural South Africa. Journal of Pedagogy, 10(1), 13-32. https://doi.org/10.2478/jped-2019-0001
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Following calls for diverse and contextual perspectives of the rich lives of young children, their families and communities from/in the Global South, this paper presents critical reflections emerging from a three-year (2016-2019) communitybased Integrated Approach to Early Childhood Development (ECD) project implemented in the rural Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. It explores the critical relationship established between a range of stakeholders involved in this project as reflected on by two community activists working together in the area of early childhood in the province for thirty years. This article highlights the importance of situating any community development initiative aimed at addressing early childhood provision in marginalised communities within a social justice framework. This includes identifying constraints inherent in unequal relations of power that risk undermining solidarity and agency for community stakeholders. It foregrounds accountability measures that emerge from local initiatives rather than from narrow predetermined project outcomes. This provides an opportunity to learn from, and engage with, experiences from the margins, thereby challenging some dominant narratives circulating, and often informing, early childhood policy and provision. ...
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