Senegal is a former French colony in West Africa that borders the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Mauritania to the north, Mali to the east, and Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south. It has a total area of 196,722 km² and owes its name to the Senegal River, which marks the eastern and northern borders of the country. With a GDP of 24.13 billion USD and a population of 15.8 million, it is classified as a lower-middle-income country, according to the World Bank. UNESCO establisheds school enrollment at the primary level at 81% in 2018, which represents a slight decrease compared to 2017, where enrollment was 85.6%. It should be noted that the school enrollment of women is higher than that of men, with 86% of women enrolled, compared to 76% of men.
According to the United Nations “more than half of children who are not enrolled in school live in sub-Saharan Africa.” This is due to the lack of qualified teachers and the poor conditions of the schools, factors that are aggravated in rural areas, where it is necessary to take into account the differences in the opportunities that boys and girls have.
The possibility of collaborating in Senegal comes after meeting Yakaar Africa, an association that has been working in the country since 2006 in different fields: health and hygiene, orchards and farms, educationand culture and local industries.
At Oceano Solidario we hope that in the near future, we will be able to provide college scholarships to young people from developing countries who have great interest in learning but few resources.