ImagiNation Afrika creates programs that encourage innovative learning for children in Africa. Through Kër ImagiNation, Nomadic Learning and Generation 2025 trainings, ImagiNation Afrika empowers children to think differently and explore their own potential.
Kër ImagiNation is comprised of IA’s stationary exhibitions that have been housed at IFAN, the Institut Leopold Sedar Senghor Institute in Dakar, Senegal, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in New York. These exhibitions were the core of our beginnings and continue to be a source for reinforcing our philosophy of discovery and play.
- L’Union Fait le Beau (December 2011), an exhibition about recognizing connections between people and patterns, maths and myth, and natural and human spaces, invited children ages 3-12 to discover the concept of fractals – patterns that repeat infinitely on various scales – and learn how fractal geometry has been incorporated into traditional African designs, architecture and knowledge systems. The exhibition was an exciting intersection of arts, maths and natural sciences that enabled 375 children from eight schools to learn complex maths concepts in a simple and fun way.
- Poesie du Ciel (March 2012) taught children about the constellations they see on a daily basis, and encouraged them to think beyond the confines of a classroom. Through this unique learning opportunity, 131 children discovered the science behind the beauty above them through activities that included the creation of a kaleidoscope, and observation of the solar system in a planetarium. Participants realized how much potential the universe has, and that although their own feet were firmly on the ground, their potential was just as limitless.
- Itinéraires: Next Stop Brooklyn/Dakar [via Bamako] (June 2012 & April 2014) – in partnership with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum – helped young people in Dakar and Brooklyn research and exchange understanding on the contributions of migrants in the communities where they lived, introducing migration as a dynamic phenomenon. Originally executed as part of the Kër ImagiNation stationary exhibition at IFAN, the exhibition was extended to our Nomadic Learning program as Next Stop: Brooklyn/Dakar via Bamako and travelled to Saint Louis, Thiès and Louga at the special request of cultural institutions in these regions, reaching almost 2,000 children.
- Nomadic Learning is IA’s commitment to out-of-classroom learning. This program allows us to reach children both inside Senegal’s capital city Dakar, and those in other cities and regions across the country. Nomadic Learning brings creative education to children who are isolated geographically or who cannot travel to our exhibitions.
- Le Marché du Tabaski (November 2009–April 2010) is a school-based writing program that worked with 25 children, aged 7-9, to strengthen literacy skills. Through after school workshops, community field trips, and an art workshop, children worked with teachers to create a picture book about the Muslim holiday of Eid.
- Marché Maths (February-March 2014) is a traveling maths marketplace with culturally-based activities that help children in grades 1–5 reinforce basic math skills and strengthen mathematical thinking. The Marché Maths activities were designed to complement the current Senegalese curriculum in maths for these grades. During school visits, IA worked with teachers to help them use their own imagination for innovative classroom practices, and role playing was used to reinforce children’s self-confidence, and make learning math fun. The program culminated with a Math Festival at partner institution, the British Council in Dakar. IA collaborated with the organization Math 4 Love, in developing this program and making it a success, allowing it to reach more than 2,500 students from 15 schools.
- ImagiNation Labs help children develop critical decision making skills and thought processes from idea generation to project completion. This hands-on program encourages children to think differently and creatively in solving complex problems. IA facilitators support and inspire children to collaborate for practical solutions.
- Du Savoir Faire au Savoir Vivre (November 2013–April 2014) consisted of three laboratory spaces for children of varying ages in conjunction with an exhibition that showed the impact of human progress on the environment. Located at our partner site, IFAN, participants were able to experiment with clay & puzzles, watch films and participate in discussions on practical solutions that promote positive effects on our environment. The labs experienced great success with schools around Senegal, receiving over 1,000 visitors.
- Generation 2025 creates changemakers in Africa through intensive leadership programs that develop practical and emotional intelligence.
- Girls in ICT Day & Coding Camp (April 2013 & 2014) – For the second year in a row, IA partnered with the British Council to introduce high school girls to the world, language and leaders of the African digital revolution. Organized around mini-trainings and coding camps, girls received mentoring, life skills, and classes on coding while visiting, and meeting with local, and international innovators. The girls developed their own mobile applications and were inspired to consider a career in the normally male dominated field of information technology. This program created 20 young female mobile developers.
- Girls Write Now! (May 2014) was a writing competition and workshop for girls in 2nde level at Dakar lycées, Girls Write Now! invited students to collectively write a short story around the theme “Between value and identity in an ever-changing society”. After the selection of winning stories, teams were invited to participate in a two-day creative writing workshop and offered the opportunity to have their works published. At this workshop, 28 girls from 6 schools benefitted from exposure to industry experts including writers, publishers and editors.
- TrustAfrica Early Childhood Learning Innovations Community of Practice (March 2014–March 2015) brings together members from four countries who are using innovative methods to further learning and teaching. Through a grant provided by TrustAfrica, the project encourages members to share knowledge and seeks to impact how they understand themselves, and how they communicate and disseminate information about their projects. The community of practice covers 15 innovative projects in Mali, Kenya, Uganda and Senegal.Find our programs, schedules and schedule of our different activities by pressing “see all our activities“