ImagiNation Afrika Programs

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.

  •  Union Makes Beautiful (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 of the Sky (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.

  • ITinarary: Next Stop Brooklyn / Dakar [via Bamako] (June 2012 & April 2014) – in partnership with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum – helps young people in Dakar and Brooklyn learn and exchange knowledge about migrants’ they lived, Introducing migration as a dynamic phenomenon. Originally, as part of the stationary exhibition Kër ImagiNation at IFAN, the exhibition was extended to our nomadic apprenticeship program like Next Stop: Brooklyn / Dakar via Bamako and traveled to Saint Louis, Thiès and Louga at the special request of cultural institutions in these regions, reaching nearly 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.

  • The Tabaski Market (November 2009-April 2010) is a school writing program that has worked with 25 children, ages 7 to 9, to strengthen literacy skills. Through post-school workshops, field trips community and an art workshop, the children worked with teachers to create a picture book about the Muslim holidays of Eid.

  •  Maths Market (February-March 2014) is a market of itinerant mathematics with cultural activities that help children of the 1st year to strengthen the basic mathematical skills and to reinforce the mathematical thought. The activities of Marché Maths were designed to complete the current Senegalese curriculum in mathematics for these grades. During the school visits, IA worked with teachers to help them use their own imagination for innovative classroom practices, and role play was used to build children’s self-confidence and make learning fun mathematics. The program culminated in a Mathematics Festival at the partner institution, the British Council in Dakar. IA collaborated with Math 4 Love in developing and successfully completing this program, reaching over 2,500 students from 15 schools.

  • ImagiNation Labs helps children develop critical decision-making capabilities and thought processes, from idea generation to project completion. This hands-on program encourages children to think differently and creatively to solve problems complex. AI facilitators support and inspire children to work together for practical solutions.

  •  Generation  2025 creates changemakers in Africa through intensive leadership programs that develop practical and emotional intelligence.

  • From Knowledge to Living Knowledge (November 2013-April 2014) consisted of three laboratory spaces for children of different ages in conjunction with an exhibition that showed the impact of human progress on the environment.Located on our partner site , IFAN, participants were able to experiment with clay and puzzles, watch films and participate in discussions on practical solutions that promote positive effects on our environment. The laboratories have been very successful with schools in Senegal and have received more than 1,000 visitors.

  • Girls in ICT Day & Coding Camp(avril 2013 et 2014) – For the second consecutive year, IA has partnered with the British Council to introduce high school girls to the world, to the language and leaders of the African Digital Revolution. Organized around mini-training and coding camps, mentoring, life skills and coding courses during the visit, and meet with local and international innovators. The girls developed their own mobile apps and were inspired to consider a career in the field of normally male 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 (mars 2014-mars 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