Sahel countries gather around the monitoring of the integration of PVE into education systems

Mali, Niger, the Gambia, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau met for two days in Dakar to review progress in integrating the prevention of violent extremism (PVE) into their education programs and the teaching and learning processes of their respective countries. Learn more...


Source: UNESCO


Overview: Positioned on the Atlantic Ocean at the westernmost point of the Sahel, Senegal surrounds its much smaller neighbor, Gambia, and borders Guinea, Mali, and Mauritania. Senegal is one of West Africa's key economic hubs.

Population: Senegal has a population of at least 15.4 million people (2016), about a quarter of which are concentrated in around the capital of Dakar, with a annual growth rate of 2.9%. Population aged 14 years and younger represents 43% of the total.

Language: In addition to French, the official language of government, Senegal has 6 official national languages, including Wolof, Pular, Jola, Mandinka, Serer, and Soninke.

Literacy and Enrollment rate:

Education policies:

Compulsory education lasts for 11 years from age 6 to 16.

Political system:

Senegal is one of the most stable countries in Africa, undergoing just three major political transitions, all of them peaceful, since its independence from France in 1960. The current president, Macky Sall, was elected peacefully in March 2012, and in 2016, a constitutional referendum was passed limiting presidential mandates from seven years to five. Although Senegal has been spared from instability and violence  plaguing many of its neighbors, security risk remains high.

Source: World Bank

Education priority areas under 4.7:

After decades of very modest growth, the Government of Senegal adopted the Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE) in 2014. The development plan is designed to get Senegal out of a cycle of low-growth and weak poverty reduction.

Senegal ranked 162 of 188 countries in the global 2017 Human Development Index (based on 2015 data).

Source: World Bank

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