school knowledge

Home knowledge and school knowledge

In Togo, there is something called ‘ahome nunya’ which translates into home knowledge. Ahome Nunya is considered as the basic package of knowledge any kid should get from home, either from her parents or her tribe.

Any kid who failed to get that basic package of knowledge is considered an outcast.

Kids who lack that set of know-how and behaviors are insulted in two ways:

1. ‘Djimakpla’ which means a kid with irresponsible or foolish parents who failed to transmit the home knowledge. That insult targets the parents
2. ‘Kplamasse’ which means a kid who failed to listen to her parents and is displaying a lack of home knowledge. The insult targets the disobedient and maladjusted kid.

The home knowledge package here consists of know-how and behaviors like:
– how to behave in group
– How to talk to adults and behave in front of authority
– How to hunt or fish
– How to cook
– Hygiene and house keeping
– How to behave with girls or boys
– Body language
– How to speak harmoniously
– …

Often home knowledge is contrasted with what is called school knowledge or outside knowledge.

School knowledge is related to professional skills, industry knowledge, encyclopedic knowledge, etc.… Read more