Mar 26, 2020

Championing children's voices in Senegal

Walking with Amadou
Walking with Amadou

Dear friends, 

We first would like to acknowledge that this is a particularly difficult time for many of us across the world as we come through this period of uncertainty linked to COVID-19.  Despite that, we believe it is important to remain optimistic and still recognize the impact your support for our work has had and share some of the positive outcomes from your generosity even during these difficult times.

In our last report, we invited you to watch the videos that were created by 3 year olds using Go-Pros to show their lived experience in the rapidly urbanizing city of Dakar.

Watching the videos made us wonder: How well do we know the environment we live in every day? Is this environment really livable for children? How is our knowledge limited by our assumptions on how children experience and interact with their environment? How often do we walk through these spaces without an understanding of their impact on children? And beyond that, how could we put to good use the information that we had gathered from both children and their caregivers?

With your support, ImagiNation Afrika is using the outcome of this study to spearhead advocacy among key stakeholders for better environments for young children in Dakar. The objective is to use the results of the research to reach private sector actors, local municipalities, parents and health workers; encouraging an ecosystem approach to improving the environment around children. In this way we know we can positively impact learning and developmental outcomes for children ages 0–3.

I am happy to share with you the full report detailing the feedback from the 3 neighborhoods involved in the study and the ideas and solutions put forward by caregivers.

See the full report of the “Walking With Amadou” study here.

Do you believe others could put our approach to good use? Please share the Advocacy Toolkit developed by ImagiNation Afrika that provides step by step guidelines on how to run a similar study!

Learn more about the process of creating the study and listening to the voices and experiences of children ages 0–3 in Dakar in the Walking With Amadou Case Study.

Thank you for your continued support, you have been instrumental in lifting up the experiences of Dakar's youngest and helping us to advocate more effectively on their behalf. 

We wish you safety and good health as the world faces this particularly trying time.

ImagiNation Afrika

 

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Sep 4, 2019

Our Impact: Our work in Tambacounda

ImagiNation Afrika believes at its core that its innovative approach to ecosystem building must include evidence gathering on the lived realities of children and their caregivers as well as continuing advocacy with local, regional and international partners can support the creation of enabling environments.

Key to this advocacy is the power of storytelling, of the recording of lessons learned and most importantly, the stories of the actors, the ecosystem and the impact on young children’s lives. 

Since 2016,  ImagiNation Afrika has piloted an ecosystem approach across Senegal.Through a campaign promoting play based learning, stakeholder trainings, and the development of open source material and convenings with actors working in early childhood development, ImagiNation Afrika has extended its reach to over 400,000 ecosystem stakeholders in Senegal and West Africa. 

Tambacounda is one of Senegal's geographically largest regions, bordering on Mali.  Since 2016, ImagiNation Afrika has been working with a cross sector of actors to sustainably change learning outcomes for children.  The project has had both enormous momentum and impact as reported by participants themselves.

In July 2019, in Tambacounda a major convening of all the ecosystem members came together for two days to meet and discuss the major issues negatively impacting ECD from a variety of perspectives.

With the support of local government, participants from across a variety of sectors (parents, educational institutions/actor, health workers (health personnel) community governments and local media) came together to exchange and reflect on the persistent challenges ECD faced across the educational, health, nutritional, media and legal and policy contexts. These ecosystem actors understood the need for synergy towards a common goal: greater outcomes for children 0-5.

We are happy to present to you all the stories of the work we are doing in Tambacounda. We could not be here without your investment in us helping us to better facilitate, listen, promote and advocate for the change we  - and the communities we are working with  - are seeking.

We are happy to share with you in the months to come more stories of the work we are doing together through the support of donors like you.  

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Sep 4, 2019

WWA - Involving Young Children in their own advocacy

Children are competent, capable and can fully participate in sharing their experiences. This is one of ImagiNation Afrika’s core beliefs. All our work is based on the lived realities of young children in Senegal. Advocacy on behalf of children must pull its credibility from on the ground, tangible experiences of children. Children’s own voices and experiences should lead the narrative where possible.

Children can be involved in advocacy at a variety of levels. Beyond participating in data collection, you can aim to present the data to children in accessible ways. With well trained facilitators and appropriate support children themselves can be advocates for more nurturing environments. Using pop-up play spaces, ImagiNation Afrika shows how children react positively to more play spaces in their neighborhoods. Caregivers and local municipalities often witness this engagement with children aged 0-3 and become champions themselves for more play spaces.

Walking with Amadou

Thanks to your contributions, we partnered with 3 year olds Soukeyna, Antou and Amadou to film a series of videos to showcase the city from their point of view as 3yr olds, and that of their caretakers. The video series captured the experience of young children in the marketplace, at the mayor’s office, in the health center, in a public play-space, at the beach, interacting with local commerce, trying to navigate the streets, on a bus and in a private childcare center.

We are excited to share with you the videos created and learn more about the learning environments from the perspective of young children. 

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