Located in West Africa, Senegal is a Sahelian/Saharan country, sharing borders with five other African nations and the Atlantic Ocean. Between 1988 and 2011, the country’s population nearly doubled and as of 2013 that figure stood at nearly 13.5 million. Approximately 50 per cent of Senegal’s people are under the age of 20 and 23 per cent of the people live in the country’s capital city, Dakar. Senegal’s youthful and rapid population growth exerts pressure on the education system in terms of enrolment, access to higher levels and the learning environments.


Main barriers to education

  • Poverty
  • Lack of Schools & Sanitation Facilities

Interventions to Barriers

  • School Renovation and Construction
  • MOE Capacity Building
  • Policy Advocacy

To realise the goals of EFA, the Senegalese Government has identified three key priority areas: expanding access to primary education; raising the quality of education; and boosting the education system’s management capacity. In that vein, the government adopted the Programme Décennal de l’Education et de la Formation (PDEF), which outlined an inclusive and participatory approach to education sector reform, specifically implicating other ministries, NGOs, civil society and community stakeholders.

However, in spite of the Senegalese Government’s will to achieve EFA and noted progress regarding primary education enrolment, access to education in the country still endures its share of challenges. In particular, the education sector still faces questions with respect to quality, access and retention of girls as they reach subsequent levels and a lack of necessary infrastructure, such as schools, classroom space and trained teachers.

In support of OOSC, EAC has partnered with buildOn and Handicap International (HI) to increase access to quality primary education. The former partner project will prioritise: community and parental engagement through outreach and training; the construction of new primary schools across; and the establishment of government partnerships to provide teachers with learning materials and supplies. In the latter instance, HI will seek to cultivate inclusive education settings that respond to the needs of all children, particularly those with disabilities, by establishing multi-sector care and bridge mechanisms within mainstream schools. In addition, HI will train relevant MOE staff on the design/implementation of inclusive education for systemic impact.

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Enrol OOSC Project: Break the Cycle of Poverty

Enrol OOSC Project: Break the Cycle of Poverty

Through a partnership dating back to 2014, EAC and buildOn have been collaborating in a number of countries all around the world to support access to quality primary education for some of the most marginalised out of school children. At this juncture, the joint Enrol OOSC Project is operational 7 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean aiming to enrol 159,211 children, in addition to the more than 55,000 OOSC previously reached.
Remote Rural Schools Construction

Remote Rural Schools Construction

Successfully Completed Project

The Remote Rural Schools Construction project aims to inspire, partner with, and train more than 78,000 parents in rural and isolated villages in past (buildOn) and future project locations to be active participants in improving the quality of, and access to, education for 43,056 OOSC and 117,264 children at-risk of dropping out of primary school.
Towards a Universal Access for Vulnerable Girls and Boys to a Quality Primary Education

Towards a Universal Access for Vulnerable Girls and Boys to a Quality Primary Education

Successfully Completed Project

In developing countries, disability tends to be linked with poverty and hinders access to education. It is estimated that 90 per cent of children with disabilities (CwDs) are not schooled. According to UNICEF reporting being identified as disabled has a significant influence on the likelihood of education exclusion in West and Central Africa.


Agence Française de Développement (co-Financing Partner)

Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is the official development assistance coordinator for France’s bilateral aid. Its aim is to contribute to more sustainable and shared economic growth, improve living conditions in the poorest regions and countries of the world, help preserve the planet and stabilise fragile or post-conflict countries.


For more than two decades, buildOn has partnered with local governments and mobilized rural villages in some of the poorest countries on the planet to build more than 618 schools in Haiti, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Senegal. In February 2014, they broke ground on their first school in Burkina Faso.

Humanity & Inclusion

In partnership with EAC, Humanity & Inclusion, formerly known as Handicap International, aims to reach more than 28,000 out of school children (OOSC) of primary age with disabilities across ten sub-Saharan African countries.