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Support innovative learning for children, Senegal

by ImagiNation Afrika
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Support innovative learning for children, Senegal
Support innovative learning for children, Senegal
Support innovative learning for children, Senegal
Support innovative learning for children, Senegal
Support innovative learning for children, Senegal
Support innovative learning for children, Senegal
Support innovative learning for children, Senegal
Support innovative learning for children, Senegal
Support innovative learning for children, Senegal
Support innovative learning for children, Senegal
Support innovative learning for children, Senegal
Support innovative learning for children, Senegal
Support innovative learning for children, Senegal

Today, Kër ImagiNation is at the beginning of a new chapter.
Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has proved to be an opportunity for us to re-center, adapt and look for ever more innovative ways to serve children and their parents. We have also measured the long-term financial, organisational, and healthcare implications of this crisis, notably the lack of visibility regarding a safe re-opening date and the increasing costs while the center remains closed. We have concluded that our main responsibility is to continue to be of service to children and their parents while protecting the livelihoods of our employees during this difficult period. We have therefore made  the courageous decision to close the physical Kër ImagiNation space based in Yoff Tonghor.

We will nonetheless continue to chart new paths and respond to the needs of children and their parents, in Senegal and indeed across Africa, but for this, we need your help! We have the firm intention to open a new space by the end of 2020, or as soon as the health situation allows it. Support this reopening through a donation on our GlobalGiving page.

Our first objective, since the beginning of this crisis, has been to meet the needs of children, their parents, and their caregivers. We have developed programs on our Facebook page such as Les petits artistesL'heure du conte, and Les maisons de l'imaginaire, as well as sharing key parenting tips and educational resources from our networks across Africa. The ultimate goal has been to show the value of a play-based approach to learning and help children, teachers and parents complement the new online learning methods that have been developed.

We also listened to and provided resources to parents by organizing, every Tuesday, live discussions on Facebook, dedicated to parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic "Discussions sur la Parentalité".

Yes, we believe more than ever that the children of Senegal deserve a space dedicated to them, to develop their creativity, to exhibit their creations, to imagine, to develop their critical thinking skills, and to discover and reshape their world! Simply a place that shows them that they are valued and respected. Please support the reopening of the Kër ImagiNation centre. 

We take this opportunity to renew our gratitude and offer an immense thank you to all our donors, volunteers, employees, and the owner of the wonderful building in Yoff, who have all contributed to us spending 5 wonderful years here.

Finally, a huge thank you to the parents and children who continue to trust us. We will always be here for you!

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Reimagine Early Childhood
Reimagine Early Childhood

Dear friends,

I would first like to send ImagiNation Afrika's best wishes for good health at this difficult period as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us are facing uncertainty but we remain hopeful and optimistic. 

We know that conquering this pandemic will require even more coming together of people near and far to help the most vulnerable and to take courage from each other. Please find below a report to show how solidarity has helped us achieve great things recently, your support of ImagiNation Afrika's work has been making an impact.

ImagiNation Afrika has been preoccupied with the following question: How can we ensure that from birth, children are accompanied by adults, institutions and social values that support, facilitate and promote their social and cognitive development? Indeed, we know that early childhood is the key, cross-cutting pillar of sustainable economic development in Africa. With this in mind, we organised an interactive workshop on February 25th to bring together over 75 influential people from key sectors, including media, transport, urban planning, housing and technology, to delve deep into the issues impacting early childhood. This day served to kick off a series of catalyzing conversations around investment in human capital in Senegal and how that can transform the country. 

View the photos and vidéos of this remarkable event. 

Thank you again for your support and we wish you safety and good health as we go through this trying period across the globe. 

ImagiNation Afrika

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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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immersive underwater environment
immersive underwater environment

Since April 2019, Ker Imagination has been slowly transforming into an underwater world!

We have been working with the children of Dakar and most specifically Yoff  to explore the secrets of the sea. Over the last six weeks, we have investigated the properties of water examining density, content and water changements.

We have learned about different professions underwater and even constructed a boat. We have had discussions about the importance of the ocean and how we can best protect it. We have interviewed the local communities to find out the importance of the sea to those who live around it.

Bringing all this together, the Ker Imagination team has curated an interactive and engaging exhibition for children 2 - 10 years old. Sous L’eau is an immersive experience - the children leave Dakar and enter an underwater world, sparking their imagination and curiosity. 

 

BY CHILDREN FOR CHILDREN

The ideas, inspiration and content of this exhibition have been co-created by the local children of Yoff, the children who attended our Saturday programme and the Easter vacation programming. These children undertook fearless journeys into the depths of their imagination to explore the underwater theme together.

We value the knowledge that children possess and the ways in which they choose to present this. It is very powerful for children to share their learning - knowledge does not have to be a top down process… peer to peer learning is a vital part of Ker ImagiNation’s learning framework, and this exhibition builds and develops critical  ‘soft’ skills in communication and articulation of ideas.

WHY VISIT THIS EXHIBITION?

Ker Imagination delivers programming that strengthens school learning while creating an environment of innovation for children, parents and teachers alike. We firmly believe that play-based learning is the best way to develop children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.

The exhibition complements classroom study on water, water density, seas, conservation and explores different jobs (metiers) associated with water.  Additional programming  also introduces children to program partners, including divers, underwater archaeologists and surfers for visiting classes to interview and talk one on one with experts and practitioners.

Other community partners involved with the development of the exhibition include:

 Julie and the Barracuda Diving Center who delivered specialised workshops in diving and have lent equipment that is part of the exhibition. Some of the amazing photos displayed of sea creatures were taken by divers of the Barracuda Diving Center. Their pictures accompany underwater maps developed by the children during programming.


Aicha Kamite and the team of Dr Ibrahima Thiaw of Cheikh Anta Diop's Archaeology Laboratory.  Aicha in particular  shared knowledge of her profession as a marine archeologist and contributed equipment to our exhibition. She will also be presenting at one the special exhibition family night during the month of June that we are curating as part of this exhibition.

 Ibrahima Diene, a local Yoff fisherman and father of one of our children, who wowed us with a fantastic demonstration of different techniques of fishing, including harpooning, and took part in an interview to share knowledge about his profession. He has also contributed a fishing net to this exhibition.

 The local Yoff community who shared their stories and connections of the sea in recorded interviews taken by participants.

 We would like to give a special mention to  Edou Abbott and Rene Lairaise  who have contributed surfing equipment that form part of this exhibition.

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"IMAGINER DAKAR : LA VILLE PAR SES

ENFANTS CITOYENS" is an exhibition

made by and for children in Dakar. The

exhibition was launched during the 7th edition

of the Partcours Festival.

This multimedia exhibition offered visitors the

opportunity to experience Dakar from the

perspective of its youngest citizens - children.

The exhibition included two interactive spaces;

the first - a mini city where children and adults

were invited to immerse themselves in an

exciting experience of reconstructing their city

and the second - photos and videos taken by

the children as a critical reflection about their

city.

The exhibition is a result of a two month

collaboration with children from Yoff, where

Ker Imagination is based. For two months, 30

children from Yoff benefited from 15

workshops on the topics of multimedia, city

planning and architecture, leading critical

conversations about their city, neighbourhood

and the efficiency of public services. Among

the issues children raised and explored were:

the absence of of public (play) spaces, trash

and waste problems and safety in their

neighbourhood. These issues were then more

thoroughly explored by the children through

photography, video, and interviews with family

members and neighbours. In order to truly

allow the visitors to view the city from a child’s

perspective, the children built 3 periscopes that

adults could use to view the exhibition from

the average height of a child ages 3, 7 and 11.

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ImagiNation Afrika

Location: Dakar - Senegal
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Project Leader:
Karima Grant
Dakar, Senegal
$18,171 raised of $20,000 goal
 
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