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Senegal

World Education began working in Senegal in 2000, leading a groundbreaking effort uniting community, military, government, and traditional leaders to try to end nearly 20 years of civil war in the Casamance region.


In 2005, the Ambassadors’ Girls’ Scholarship Program was launched in country to provide comprehensive education support for girls--particularly those who are vulnerable and likely to drop out of school. By program end, World Education had provided more than 11,100 scholarships to 7,491 girls and 3,625 boys.

Since then, World Education’s focus has expanded to address the needs and concerns of rural women, while continuing peace-building in the conflict-torn Casamance region.

Since 2000, World Education has worked to strengthen the presence of Senegalese women in civil society in the Thies region and the Casamance, training women on the skills necessary to serve as journalists and broadcasters, while also increasing the sustainability and self-sufficiency of local organizations.

At the same time, World Education has worked to build dozens of community radio stations in the Casamance, through the USAID-funded Women’s Leadership Project. This radio network has become a central vehicle for coordinated operations, social and economic development, and the promotion of peace in the region. Journalists trained by World Education broadcast programs related to a wide variety of issues of interest to communities, especially women, in the areas, including health care, local governance, the importance of girls’ education, harmful aspects of early marriage and pregnancy, and more. This network of community radios has become an increasingly important source of information for the populations of these regions.

Learn about our recent efforts to introduce mothers' associations to rural schools in Senegal.

 

Featured Projects

View details: Women's Leadership: Civic Leadership and Journalism

Women's Leadership: Civic Leadership and Journalism

Women's Leadership is strengthening the presence and voice of women in the media as a way to develop community-level leadership roles for Senegalese women.

View details: Peace in the Casamance

Peace in the Casamance

Peace in the Casamance aimed to reduce the threat of conflict and promote peaceful resolutions among communities in the Ziguinchor, Sedhiou, and Kolda regions.

View details: Community Radio Network

Community Radio Network

Community Radio Network increased the number of radio stations in the Casamance, further promoting social and economic development and peace in the region.

 

Featured Resources

 

Features

View details: Reducing Women's Vulnerability to HIV through Small Loans

Reducing Women's Vulnerability to HIV through Small Loans

Sokhna Niang knows first-hand how a small financial loan can change the life of a woman and her family.

View details: Strengthening Local Media and Empowering Women Journalists and Leaders

Strengthening Local Media and Empowering Women Journalists and Leaders

The village of Hannene, Senegal, was without electricity for four days because of a downed wire. When the electric company ignored repeated repair requests, local reporter Amy Hanne took matters into her own hands and reported on the case.

View details: Educating and Inspiring Girls in Africa

Educating and Inspiring Girls in Africa

Last year, World Education helped 21,000 girls in 12 African countries go to school through the Ambassador Girls' Scholarship Program (AGSP).