COVID-19 response

Allocation: US$7 million

Years: 2020-2021

Grant agent: AFD

Key document: Application and program document

The US$7 million grant supports the following interventions:

  • Learning continuity, including for the most vulnerable children (teacher training on distance learning practices, production and dissemination of learning materials in print, radio/TV, offline/online)
  • Reopening of schools by ensuring safety of students and personnel (provision of handwashing kits, masks, thermometers, disinfection of facilities, repair and maintenance of water points/latrines, communication campaign, learning assessment and remedial actions, psychosocial support, school canteens)
  • Reinforcing a learning approach and resilience of the education system with action-research activities feeding into the monitoring of the program and response plan
  • Enabling the participation and performance of vulnerable students, including children with disabilities through psychosocial support and the provision of health and food kits
  • Flexible distance learning schedules will be proposed for radio and television programs so that girls in charge of household chores can also access these distance learning programs, along with communication and sensitization campaigns to mitigate girls from abuse, exploitation, and marriage (aimed at parents of students and communities)
  • The activities will be coordinated with other interventions from the regular national budget and other external contributions, in line with GPE norms and standards for joint sector monitoring and accountability.

In late March 2020, the UNICEF office in Senegal received a GPE grant of US$70,000 to support the Ministry of Education with developing an education sector response plan. Senegal has used the funds for radio and TV education programming.

Education in Senegal

Senegal considers its human capital to be the driving force in its emergence trajectory (focus 2 of the Emerging Senegal Plan) for the diversification of its economy and development of social harmony and political stability in order to achieve “an emerging Senegal by 2035 with a civic-minded society governed by the rule of law”.

The education sector policy is set out in the Education and Training Quality, Equity and Transparency Improvement Program (PAQUET-EF) established for the period 2013-2025 and revised to be aligned with the international agenda (SDG 4, Strategy 2030).

The Senegalese education sector is divided into four levels, of which two are mandatory:

  • pre-primary: at least 1 year between the ages of 5 and 6
  • elementary: 6 years between the ages of 6 and 11
  • lower secondary: 4 years between the ages of 12 and 15
  • upper secondary: 3 years between the ages of 16 and 18.

From 2000 to 2016, access to technical and vocational and education and training (TVET) improved, as did the pursuit of higher education.

The gross enrollment ratio (GER) in higher education remains low—7% in 2017—which prevents Senegal from training sufficient professionals or senior technicians (“short degrees”) needed by the various sectors to increase productivity, attractiveness and innovation capacity.

The PAQUET-EF focuses on three objectives:

  • Objective 1: substantially improve learning outcomes at all levels;
  • Objective 2: promote coverage, diversification and integration of the education and training system at all levels;
  • Objective 3: introduce results-based transparent and effective sector governance.

The general approach of the sector plan is to focus on the initial objectives of quality, equity and good governance while strengthening the focus on equity of access by reducing vulnerabilities, developing the pre-primary level and consolidating the basic cycle (basic education curriculum for 10 years + 1 year of pre-primary school).

The plan also calls for incorporating all forms of teaching (including non-formal teaching) and creating transfer points, particularly through the development of vocational counselling mechanisms to guide students toward the vocational and technical streams.

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Latest grant

Development objective: sustainably improve the performance of the Senegalese education system in terms of quality, equity and efficiency by consolidating the control and regulation capabilities of the system through working in partnership
Allocation: US$42,551,592
Years: 2019-2023
Grant agent: AFD
Utilization: US$34,269,153

The new grant was approved in May 2019 for 37.2 million euros (equivalent to US$42.6 million), including 8.7 million euros from the GPE Multiplier (equivalent to US$10 million). The grant supports the education development support project (PADES, from the French name).

The PADES is primarily a catalytic mechanism to promote and support reforms in the management of the education sector, in direct conjunction with the sector policy, major government reforms and the national management systems.

The PADES sector budget support (85% of the grant) with disbursement conditions linked to leverage effects and expected outcomes, is accompanied by project financing (15% of the grant) to target actions to stimulate changes and reforms.

The incentive and leverage objectives of the PADES relate to:

  • Improved accountability and transparency in the monitoring of the execution of public spending for the implementation of the PAQUET, oversight of the sector and the budgetary reforms under way.
  • An improvement in the quality of learning, targeting the routine assessment of learning in the early years of primary school, connected with an improvement in community-based services for pupils.
  • A reduction in vulnerabilities and disparities in the elementary education system, with the rollout of vulnerability mapping, its effective use for local remediation actions, and outcomes in terms of the attention to children’s fundamental right to identity.
  • Improvement in the efficiency of public spending, with a reduction in the dropout rate at the elementary level and improved performance in the execution of the investment program.
  • Protection of domestic financing for education via the Ministry of Education, by means of an incentive to not cut the appropriations approved in the Initial Budget Law.

These sector budget support objectives are accompanied by project support, consisting of three components:

  1. Change management
  2. Support for renewed oversight and actor initiatives
  3. Program oversight


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Utilization Grant agent  
COVID-19 2020-2022 7,000,000 5,616,683 AFD  
Program implementation and Multiplier 2019-2023 42,551,592 34,269,153 AFD  
Program implementation 2013-2018 45,407,149 45,407,149 WB Completion report
2009-2014 79,674,938 79,674,938 WB Completion report
Sector plan development 2016-2018 250,000 231,530 WB  
System capacity 2022 696,860 0 UNESCO  
Program development 2018-2019 177,318 177,318 AFD  
2013 191,148 191,148 WB  
  Total 175,949,005 165,567,919    
Data last updated: March 17, 2023

*This funding was approved in euros for a total of 37.2 million, and also includes 8.7 million euros from the GPE Multiplier Fund.

As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting:

  • The Coordination of NGOs and Trade Unions for the Defense of a Quality Public Education (COSYDEP) for the 2019-2021 period. This builds on 11 years of Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) support to national education coalitions for their engagement in education sector policy dialogue.
  • Girls Not Bride and Action Aid International to mobilize an advocacy alliance across multiple partner countries, including Senegal, for the 2021-2023 period.

GPE had provided the Coordination of NGOs and Trade Unions for the Defense of a Quality Public Education (COSYDEP) with a grant from the CSEF to support its engagement in education sector policy dialogue and citizens’ voice in education quality, equity, and financing and sector reform.

Last updated September 10, 2021