Education in Senegal
The Senegalese government has demonstrated a strong commitment to education, working with multiple partners to support the implementation of the country’s education sector development plan.
The government recognizes that a strong educational system has positive effects on the country’s economic and social development.
Senegal accomplished laudable progress in terms of access between 2000 and 2015. In elementary school, gross enrollment rates went from 67.2% to 84.6% and the gender parity index went from 0.87 to 1.1 (Rapport national sur la situation de l’éducation au Sénégal, Août 2015).
Despite progress over the years, Senegal’s education system still faces significant issues and challenges. These include regional disparities in school enrollment and completion, low levels of learning achievement, low level enrollment in math and sciences disciplines and poor learning conditions.
To address these challenges, the Sector Program for Quality, Equity, and Transparency Improvements in Education (PAQUET) 2013 - 2025 focuses on providing all children with access to education, adapting to different learner needs and contexts, and adequate staffing resources.
To achieve these goals, the PAQUET covers 8 priorities:
- Pursue universal basic education for all citizens
- Adapt vocational and technical training in partnership with the private sector to meet the needs of an emerging economy,
- Improve the quality of teaching and learning
- Promote and develop the teaching of science, technology, and innovation
- Decentralize the management of education programs for more effective, efficient, and inclusive governance
- Strengthen the education sector’s efficiency
- Enhance the productivity of teaching and administrative staff
- Develop the use of national languages in the education system.
The government has prioritized these objectives to meet the goal of developing competent human resources in line with the requirements of sustainable development.
An education sector plan development grant from GPE was approved in April 2016 to conduct an evaluation of the first phase of the ESP and to update phase 2 and phase 3 documents of the ESP.