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.

Blogs and news

Amadou Diagne Woré Elementary School in Dakar, Senegal. Credit: GPE/Carine Durand
November 04, 2018
Serigne Mbaye Thiam, Vice Chair of GPE and Minister of Education of Senegal, gave an interview to Spiegel Online in which he laid out how far his country has come in providing equal access to quality...
The AU Expo in Dakar, Senegal. Credit: GPE/Victoria Egbetayo
October 09, 2018
The African Union Commission, Senegal and partners organized an expo to showcase technical and social innovations in education and training in Africa. The Prime Minister of Senegal acknowledged...
Teacher Duria Balla looks over and corrects student's work; Class 3, Asfia Badr Basic School for Girls, Nile East Locality, Alfayhaa Administrative Unit, Al-Baraka District, near Khartoum, Sudan. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch
October 04, 2018
Inter-Country Quality Nodes (ICQN), developed by ADEA, bring together members around commonly shared education and training challenges. How can the ICQN on teaching and learning be beneficial to the...

Latest grant

Development objective: Improve learning outcomes for early grades, increase access to the science and mathematics tracks for secondary schools, and improve equity in access to basic education
Grant agent:IBRD

The US$46.9 million GPE grant complements the funds provided by the government and other donors to implement a program focused on improving quality and equity of basic education.

The three main components supported by GPE funding are:

  • Improving the quality of basic education through performance-based education grants, school quality and management, developing the sciences and mathematics, and improving pre-service teacher training.
  • Strengthening equity in access to education through the construction and rehabilitation of schools, and grants for results in selected Koranic schools (known as Daaras in Senegal).
  • Supporting project management and capacity building through the development of a monitoring and evaluation system, support to the decentralization of the education sector management and community participation in the decision making and school governance.

The ministry of education leads this program and the grant agent is the World Bank. The coordinating agency is UNESCO.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2013-2018 46,900,000 46,322,809 IBRD Progress report
2009-2014 79,674,938 79,674,938 IBRD Completion report
Sector plan development 2016 250,000 44,320 IBRD
Program development 2013 200,000 191,148 IBRD
  TOTAL 127,024,938 126,233,215    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Senegal. For detailed results from GPE funding, please look for progress reports in the grants section.


Primary completion rate (%)

Lower secondary completion rate

Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age

Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age

Pre-primary gross enrollment rate

Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary

Public expenditure on education as share of GDP (%)

Public expenditure on education as a share of public expenditure (%)

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers trained (%)

Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.

Last updated September 30, 2018