Karima Grant


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Name: Karima Grant
Organization: ImagiNation Afrika
Title: Director/Founder
‘I seek to facilitate the learning and development of at least 10,000 young changemakers.’ I am the daughter of a Senegalese mother and a St. Lucian father. My life thus far has been a journey through both the United States and Senegal. I have been a preschool teacher to children born addicted to crack in Central Harlem as well as a counselor to Senegal’s wealthiest most privileged high school students. Children, regardless of their circumstance, have taught me resilience and creative power even in the direst of circumstances.As a writer for children (and adults ) I attempted to capture this in my 2006 picture book Sofie and The City, about a young Senegalese immigrant to a seemingly unfriendly city. I believe in the power of language. I believe language alone lets us imagine new possibilities, and as an educator with more than 20 years of experience working as an administrator, instructor and consultant, I have worked hard to facilitate children's language to understand themselves and their world. I also believe and practice curiosity as an anchor for lifelong learning. It helped me make the leap 11 years ago to live, work and raise 4 children here in Senegal. Currently, as founder and director of ImagiNation Afrika, Senegal’s first children’s cultural and educational hub, I lead an amazing diverse team of changemakers, creating innovative educational programming integrating local culture, play and experiential learning to develop creative and critical thinking in children 6 months to 19 years. My vision : a world of African children change-makers solving the problems of development.

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Jun 12, 2014 / 0 Comments / in Early childhood development, Education, Play, Youth development

ImagiNation Afrika creates play spaces for Senegalese children to become changemakers. Through our nomadic learning, exhibitions & labs our educational and creative programs allow children to become mathematicians, astronomers, computer programmers, inventors, writers, illustrators, and filmmakers.

In November 2015, ImagiNation Afrika will open the doors of its flagship program: Kër ImagiNation, Senegal's first cultural and educational hub for children. Exhibitions, programs and play spaces in this physical site offer children 6 months–12 years opportunities to develop creative confidence.