TABASKI MARKET: November 2009–April 2010
This school-based writing program 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.
POETRY OF THE SKY. March 2012
Children from 4 to 10 years were seduced by the poetry of the Sky. The activities were fun but also educational. They created kaleidoscopes, looked at the solar system in a planetarium and even made a mobile with constellations. During the family evening, the children and their parents were delighted by the rhythm of African tales, and they scanned the stars with giant telescopes where they even saw the planet of Jupiter. That day, budding astronomers were born.
NEXT STOP BROOKLYN / DAKAR – June 2013
The NEXT STOP – BROOKLYN / DAKAR project, made possible by a grant from the American Alliance of Museums and the US State Department, gave the youth of Brooklyn and Dakar the opportunity to talk about migration movements in Mali / Senegal , Senegal / New York.
he NEXT STOP: BROOKLYN / DAKAR exhibition, aimed at young people aged 8 to 16, discussed migration trajectories, enrichment and cultural diversity. Some themes of the exhibition were implemented to develop activities for young audiences: travel (people, words, objects, food …), dreams, borders … During the visit, they saw images, objects, documents … They listened to or read texts, comments, explanations … They met people, ideas, stories, feelings, they played!
The objectives of the activities were:
- to raise awareness about the themes of history and the memory of immigration
- change perspectives on immigration
- to experiment new forms of activities in adequacy with the public and the collection of the Théodore Monod Museum.
DU SAVOIR FAIRE AU SAVOIR VIVRE. November 2013–April 2014
ImagiNation Afrika opened 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.
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.
MATHS MARKET February-March 2014
The math market was a traveling maths marketplace with culturally-based activities that helped children in grades 1–5 reinforce basic math skills and strengthen mathematical thinking. The math market activities are designed to complement the current Senegalese curriculum in maths for these grades. During school visits, Imagination Afrika 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. Imagination Afrika 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.
GIRLS WRITE NOW! May 2014
A writing competition and workshop for girls in second 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 benefited from exposure to industry experts including writers, publishers and editors.
EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING INNOVATIONS COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE March 2014–March 2015
The ?Early Childhood Learning Innovations? community of practice brings together members from four countries who are using innovative methods to further learning and teaching in Africa. 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.
INNOVATIONS EN APPRENTISSAGE POUR LA PETITE ENFANCE: COMMUNAUTÉ DE PRATIQUE Mars 2014-Mars 2015
La communauté de pratique des innovations en apprentissage de la petite enfance rassemble des membres de quatre pays qui utilisent des méthodes innovantes pour approfondir l’apprentissage et l’enseignement en Afrique. Grâce à une subvention fournie par TrustAfrica, le projet encourage les membres à partager leurs connaissances et cherche à influer sur la façon dont ils se comprennent eux-mêmes, et comment ils communiquent et diffusent des informations sur leurs projets. La communauté de pratique couvre 15 projets innovants au Mali, au Kenya, en Ouganda et au Sénégal.
BIENNIAL DAK’ART 2016 & 2018
For the 13th edition of the Dak’Art Biennale, ImagiNation Afrika was selected as a partner, with the aim of supporting the design and implementation of all the educational activities of the event. In 2016, ImagiNation Afrika had joined the Biennial to produce « The City and Me ». An interactive guide focused on contemporary art and its impact on the city. The guide was distributed in several schools in Dakar. In 2018, in close collaboration with the artists, ImagiNation Afrika proposed a set of activities, which aimed to convey a deeper understanding of the importance of art and artistic expression.
MEN NA NEKK 2016-2018
The goal of the Mën Na Nekk program is to raise awareness and strengthen young people’s critical thinking and skills through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to enhance tolerance and religious plurality. With this in mind, the program includes:
- Google Cardboard Training Sessions for Teachers
- Computer coding courses and initiation to a positive use of social networks
- Immersion courses for taking pictures, making and editing films
- Youth Leadership Training for Religious Moderation and Tolerance
- The organization of a film festival (short film) Mën Na Nekk.
The project is implemented in Kolda, Kedougou, and Tambacounda.
JANG NGUIR TEKK: 2017 – 2019
In November 2017, the Open Society of West Africa granted Imagination Afrika funding for the implementation of a series of activities focussing on early childhood. The project is working across 3 regions of Senegal; Kolda, Tambacounda and Dakar. The key objectives are the following;
- Key messaging around young children’s competencies based on latest development are circulating in the media
- Heightened capacity of EC actors to identify and facilitate how children learn
- Increased opportunities for meaningful engagement of parents with children in public spaces