Literacy & Education in Senegal

Education programs for children and adults alike can improve all aspects of life in epicenter communities.

Epicenter communities operate a preschool for young children, often providing their only nutritious meal per day. Seven of the epicenters in Senegal have active preschools with an average capacity and attendance of 136. Five offer one-meal-per-day programs. The one-meal-per-day program works partially to ensure a nutritious meal for the children and promote healthy growth and partially to encourage parents to bring their children to the preschool. There are also currently 26 primary schools in construction in epicenter villages and 11 secondary schools. And while children are educated, mothers have more time for their own education and income-generating activities.

The community also hosts and provides Functional Adult Literacy/Numeracy classes in the schoolroom. Eight of Senegal’s 10 epicenters offer adult literacy courses, with a total of 41 literacy courses taught. Literacy and numeracy classes allow partners to become more independent and confidently make business deals on their own.

All of the epicenters have IT centers with computers, thanks to a partnership with CTI Senegal.