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Walking with Amadou: Child citizens of Dakar

by ImagiNation Afrika
Walking with Amadou: Child citizens of Dakar
Walking with Amadou: Child citizens of Dakar
Walking with Amadou: Child citizens of Dakar
Walking with Amadou: Child citizens of Dakar
Walking with Amadou: Child citizens of Dakar
Walking with Amadou: Child citizens of Dakar
Walking with Amadou: Child citizens of Dakar
Walking with Amadou: Child citizens of Dakar
Walking with Amadou: Child citizens of Dakar

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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Parents validating data/ Yoff, Dakar
Parents validating data/ Yoff, Dakar

The results are in!  ImagiNation Afrika, in partnership with YUX Dakar ( a user experience design tech company) the Bernard Van Leer Foundation and the support of donors like you, has been collecting critical data on the lived experience of young children and their caregivers in Dakar. What engages the attention of a three year old in their communities? What is their lived experience as young citizens?

 In addition to focus group interviews with community workers, parents, city officials, nutrition specialists and other key actors, ImagiNation Afrika followed 3 year olds Antou, Amadou and Soukeyna on video across 3 neighborhoods in Dakar as they go about their activities in the company of adult caregivers. And now, the data is in!

Why is this so important? 

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.

The data accumulated is from over 300 participants from three of Dakar’s communes and relates to questions of mobility and public spaces. An additional 50 people participated in interviews on the questions of their perceptions of the quality of these services for them and their children 0-3.  

YUX Dakar led the collection of data using Human Centered Design. YUX and ImagiNation Afrika immersed themselves in Yoff, exchanging with inhabitants from various perspectives.  These results were then presented back to community members for validation and to generate ideas for solutions. 

Perhaps most importantly, we followed and recorded the perceptions of three year old Soukeyna, Antou and Amadou as they experienced both public spaces and public transport.

We’ll be sharing the data across our social media platforms in the month of June and directly here, with our Global Giving donors. But before we do so, here are some sneak peeks at what we have collected, including ImagiNation Afrika founder/Director presenting the project at the Lego Foundation's Re-Imagine Learning.   

YUX Dakar and ImagiNation Afrika leading workshops
YUX Dakar and ImagiNation Afrika leading workshops
Validating data on public spaces in Yoff
Validating data on public spaces in Yoff

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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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ImagiNation Afrika

Location: Dakar - Senegal
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Karima Grant
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