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Progress in Senegal

The project

This five-year project is taking place across seven African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. We have completed our start-up year and now have multiple programs under way:

  • Over 100 construction projects for new schools, classrooms, libraries, playgrounds, latrines, teacher’s quarters and wells to improve the school environment for thousands of students and their teachers
  • Teacher training and professional development to help hundreds of teachers become inspiring educators and child rights champions
  • Vocational training for hundreds of youth to get them in to the workforce.

Country spotlight: Senegal

Education is the key to escaping poverty, but poverty itself often denies children that opportunity. In Senegal, 40% of children do not complete primary school. In some rural areas, children often have to walk for kilometres every day to attend school in overcrowded, makeshift classrooms, with few resources or qualified teachers and without basic facilities like clean water and latrines – a situation that keeps girls, in particular, out of school.

With the help of your project sponsorship, we are addressing these barriers to education in rural Senegal with initiatives that include:

  • The construction of 40 classrooms
  • The planting of fruit trees and gardens to support food programs, enhance the school environment, and teach agricultural skills
  • Medical visits to assess the health of 8,000 students
  • Training for over 200 teachers and school administrators on topics related to children’s rights, gender equality and school management.
Taking teachers back to school

A good teacher makes all the difference, especially to children living in poverty. Through our professional training programs, teachers are improving their instruction skills and learning about child rights and what to look for among children who are vulnerable to gender discrimination, malnutrition, ill health and exploitation. It is essential for teachers, who are on the front lines, to know the issues faced by children living in poor, remote areas so they can become an effective line of defence and champions of child rights in the community.

In Sierra Leone, 105 teachers were enrolled in a distance education program on child-centered learning, and 72% have already completed their first year. In Mali, school administrators took part in training programs on child rights, where in Ghana, we have implemented child protection training. In Rwanda we supported a workshop for 50 pupils, teachers, administrators and parents on gender equality.

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