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.

Blogs and news

Children raise their hands to answer the teacher's question at Bitiw Seye 1 Primary School in Tivaouane, Senegal. Credit: GPE/Chantal Rigaud
February 04, 2019
The extraordinary commitments made at the GPE Financing Conference in Dakar in February 2018 were the start of an eventful year. Let’s review some of the highlights, from additional funding to...
Bitiw Seye 1 Primary School in Tivaouane, Senegal.  Credit: GPE/Chantal Rigaud
January 24, 2019
In this op-ed, Serigne Mbaye Thiam, Vice Chair of the GPE Board of Directors, highlights that all countries have an important responsibility: to ensure that all children receive a quality education.
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...

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 45,407,149 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 127,024,938 125,317,555    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Senegal. Download this PDF to view the country’s progress on 16 results framework indicators monitored by the GPE Secretariat.


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 (%)

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 April 04, 2019