State of Education in Senegal
Positive momentum despite limited resources and disruptions to learning affecting millions of students across the country
Senegal has made significant progress in improving access to education in recent years, increasing enrollment rates, reducing gender disparities, and improving the quality of education. However, there are still significant challenges to overcome. A large portion of Senegalese citizens relies on agriculture and pastoralism for their livelihood. Unfortunately, a persistent drought in 2017 severely impacted crop and animal production. Today, approximately 751,000 people face crisis levels of acute food insecurity and chronic malnutrition affects 17 percent of children younger than age five. Children that are deprived of sufficient nutrition are unable to stay attentive in school and attend on a regular basis. These challenges to nutrition, health, and literacy are closely intertwined and will all be addressed by Counterpart’s McGovern-Dole Sukaabe Jango (Children of Tomorrow) program.
Population: 17.85 million
Number of early grade children: 2.2 million
Primary school completion rate (2019 pre-COVID): 69%
Literacy rate for ages 15-24: 64%
Pupil/Teacher ratio in primary schools: 39:1