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Senegal

The Context
Senegal, a West African nation, has a population of approximately 17 million people. The country’s education system is categorized into three main levels: primary, secondary, and higher learning. Primary schooling, mandatory and free for all children aged 6 to 16, follows a 6-6-2 system: six years of primary school, followed by six years of secondary school, and an optional continuation to higher learning. French is the main language, and some institutions offer courses in regional languages. Despite significant strides in recent years, challenges persist, including high dropout rates, insufficient resources, and a shortage of qualified instructors. The Senegalese government has launched various initiatives to enhance the quality of learning. These measures include extending access to schooling, improving teachers’ training programs, and increasing funding for school infrastructure. Together with various stakeholders, the government is striving to overcome these obstacles to ensure that all children can receive high-quality schooling.

ST Foundation’s Presence
In 2008, the ST Foundation began a transformative journey by partnering with the National Agency for Youth Employment (ANPEJ) to launch the DU Program in Senegal. Although the partnership ended, the Foundation’s dedication continues. Today, partnering with Concept, a local NGO considered our operational arm in the country, the program reflects sustained success and has expanded its impact to over 25 cities.

It enhanced digital literacy and infrastructure in underserved regions and reached a notable milestone by introducing the T4K course in 2018, initiated with a Train the Trainer course managed by Giovanna Bottani. This demonstrated the program’s adaptability and growth.

We have made significant strides in recent years, marking notable milestones in our journey. In 2020, we started a pivotal project in partnership with the Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation (AICS), a key initiative demonstrating our collaborative  efforts and shared objectives. Details of this achievement can be explored on our dedicated webpage.

Further expanding our commitment to inclusive education, in 2022, we launched the Introduction to Computer Basics for Visually Impaired People Course (ICB4VI). This initiative underscores our dedication to making education accessible to all. Our Director of Operations, Giovanna Bottani, and Dr. Cristian Bernareggi from Milan University attended the launch event, highlighting the significance of this program. For more information, please visit the specific section on our website.

Last but not least, 2023 has been a year of strategic expansion for us, emphasized by our significant partnership with the ITU to empower girls in Senegal. This collaboration exemplifies our commitment to gender equality and sustainable development. More details can be found in the specific section of our website.

As of March 2024, the DU Program has reached over 176,000 beneficiaries since its inception, standing as a beacon of achievement and hope. It continues to profoundly impact the communities it serves, demonstrating the Foundation’s enduring commitment to digital education and empowerment.