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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

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. 



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.


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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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


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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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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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:




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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ImagiNation Afrika

Location: Dakar - Senegal
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Twitter: @imagiNafrika
Project Leader:
Karima Grant
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