Top Innovations in Education
Karima Grant, founder
What are the two most underused muscles? If you ask Karima Grant, the Executive Director and Founder of ImagiNation Afrika, sub-Saharan Africa’s first dedicated children’s museum, she would say they are creativity and imagination. When these muscles are trained, a brilliant thought transforms into a brilliant reality. Since 2010, Grant and her team have developed innovative exhibits for children to experience math, natural science, and literacy via creative play. The goal is two-fold: To foster leadership and encourage kids to apply what they’ve learned about observing stars, creating fractals, or studying local economies to reshape their communities and their continent.
At the moment, ImagiNation Afrika is mobile, setting up shop, running programs and workshops in schools, cultural centers and community spaces. Karima, a self-proclaimed “creative thinker,” gathers mathematicians, sculptors and astronomers to inspire children and co-lead programming. Her goal: to seed Africa’s next generation of politicians, business leaders and changemakers.
“We’re working on the absence of critical thinking in education,” says Karima. “We’re helping children and young people re-think this continent.”
(To see Karima and girltank co-founder Tara Roberts, click HERE.