March 2020, the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is profoundly disrupting the functioning of our societies. The education sector is not spared. In many countries, very strict containment measures are in place. Schools are closing. Students and teachers meet at their homes. The need to organize pedagogical continuity is essential and, as a corollary, distance learning is becoming an essential way of teaching to prevent excessive learning delays from developing.
It is in this context that the Imaginécole initiative was born with the objective of providing a virtual space offering quality educational resources for students and teachers in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad and Togo. At the same time actions to train designers of educational resources are launched. The aim is to enrich the content offer with contextualized resources produced locally and then distributed on the Imaginécole platform and on other resource platforms in partner countries.
However, Covid-19 is not the only vector for testing education systems. This is why Imaginécole is not limited to educational continuity in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Imaginécole deploys other activities aimed at improving the resilience of the School. In the partner countries, national teams are made aware of the challenges that education will have to face and are developing their skills to anticipate and deal with them. Imaginécole is much more than a platform, it is a vast collaborative initiative to reimagine effective, resilient and autonomous education systems.