Feb 21, 2019

Walking with Amadou - Project Update

 

What engages the attention of a three year old? What is their lived experience as young citizens and how can this experience be shared with a larger community in an interactive exhibition?

Sub-Saharan African cities are experiencing explosive growth and some of the most rapid rates of urbanization in the world. Senegal in particular, on the most Western tip of the continent, has seen its urban population almost double in the last few decades, rising from 23% in 1960 to 43% in 2013, and is projected to reach 60% by 2030.1 Yet, armed with this knowledge, major cities such as Dakar have not studied the impact on young children, and have not developed solutions to ensure that they can thrive and meet their full potential in these rapidly urbanizing spaces. To fully grasp which interventions could have the most impact for young children, we first need to tackle one of the major gaps facing rapidly urbanizing African cities: the lack of data.

ImagiNation Afrika, with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Yux (a tech company specializing in user centered design), and Global Giving supporters like you, have begun the process of gathering this critical data on the lived experiences of young children and their caregivers in Dakar. In addition to focus group interviews with community workers, parents, city officials, nutrition specialists and other key actors, the Walking with Amadou Project uses video to follow 3 year olds Antou, Amadou and Soukeyna across 3 neighborhoods in Dakar as they go about their activities in the company of their caregivers. 

Elections are slowing down much of the formal data collection. But by mid-March, we hope to have more information to share.  We have been busy crisscrossing various public spaces with Antou and Soukeyna.  Below are the links to our videos thus far!  Stay tuned to our social media pages including our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ImagiNationAfrika to follow the journey!

Once more, thanks for your support.  Your Global Giving dollars are helping us to permanently change the landscape for children 0-3 across Senegal. 

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Nov 19, 2018

Imagine That! Mercredi Sciences: Rolling out our Maker spaces and Design Thinking

Piloting the 'Trois Petites Cochons' Challenge
Piloting the 'Trois Petites Cochons' Challenge

Our ImagiNation Labs  are on the road! 

Since June 2018, our maker spaces have been on the road, involving children and young people in creative and critical thinking.

The ImagiNation team has been participating  regularly in "Mercredi Sciences" a monthly event hosted by the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Scientific Culture that aims to promote STEM culture and learning to children and young people. 

With the help of YOU, our Global Giving friends and partners, ImagiNation Afrika has been able to turn our ImagiNation Lab programming into pop-up Maker Spaces. Since June 2018, we have been challenging children to use recyclable material  to solve various STEAM challenges using design thinking.  To date, 300 children  have had the opportunity for hands on science learning and leading. 

Our Makerspaces run every Wednesday, Saturday and during school holidays at our hub, Ker ImagiNation. Themes we have covered include, sound, construction and engineering, anatomy and aquapony.  Since mid-October children have begun thinking and working on a major project on urban design. 

Click on the below video to see how the students of  Lycée Anne-Marie Javouhey explained to the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation how their scientific skills had been used in the creative process. And then follow us on Facebook to follow the work of the children in our Saturday program as they work with photographers, architects, and community members as they re-think and re-design their city and public spaces!

Children's designs
Children's designs
Teams learn from each other
Teams learn from each other

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Jun 20, 2018

Report for Global Giving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your support!
Since our April GlobalGiving Campaign, ImagiNation Afrika has been able to increase its reach to over 5,000 children. Read on to see what we have accomplished together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

L'Heure Rouge Dak'Art 2018  : Children as Changemakers  

ImagiNation Afrika was invited by the Ministry of Culture and the Artistic Direction of the Dakar Biennale to produce spaces and programming for children.  Over 30 schools and 4,000 school children visited and participated in specialized art workshop with 16 artists from Senegal, South Africa, Nigeria, Benin, France and the United States, debates with local artists and engaged with one on one conversations with Simon Njami, curator.   Feedback from students and teachers were overwhelmingly positive. 100% of those interviewed reported they were satisfied with the activities and 92% eager to work with ImagiNation Afrika again. 

GlobalGiving Funds helped us disseminate a pedagogic guide to over 50 participating schools and children's association, as well as disseminate a free copy for download through our social media pages that received over 720 downloads.
 



Check out our  guide here:  https://gallery.mailchimp.com/73df0e437ffb9d5d2904e2a0e/images/37e45112-e73d-4f54-b34a-63bf9462ee56.gif

 

 

 

Ker ImagiNation: Hands On Learning    

April and May in Ker ImagiNation's makerspaces and ImagiNation Labs-  and our Early Learning programs allowed children to explore engineering (specifically ziplines, catapults and pulleys) and renewable energies .  Over 60 children joined us for Saturday programming, while 80 children from preschool La Tarbiya  joined us every Wednesday during the months of May. 

 

 

 

Outreach and Capacity Building   

In April and May,  ImagiNation Afrika  partnered with Senegal's Ministry of Higher Education's Division of Research and Promotion of Scientific Culture to lead 2 Science Pop-Up Play Spaces for very young children.  Over 150 children ages 5- 10 tested and experimented to understand how pulleys and catapults work.  

In mid-May, ImagiNation Afrika conducted its second training in the Southeastern region of Tambacounda for over 40 early childhood professionals.  This training focused on designing play-based learning spaces that align with the national curriculum.  ImagiNation Afrika will work with teachers and directors  pilot 5 spaces in this region in October 2018. 
 


 

 

 

 

Join the #playisessential campaign

Please join ImagiNation Afrika and our allies in the #playisessential campaign, June 18-August 18, 2018. This is timed around the summer holidays to share the information that play is essential for children’s development and learning.

ImagiNation Afrika is planning a bus campaign, pop-up play spaces, media outreach, parent training sessions and many other activities, calling on parents and the entire early childhood ecosystem to commit to children’s positive development by encouraging and promoting play for all children.

Stay tuned as we work with media, private sector and government to change the way Senegal understands play!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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