Education in Senegal


  1. General information and key indicators relevant to education
  2. General information about the educational system
  3. Ongoing educational projects

Accurate as of October 2013; unless indicated otherwise, the websites are all in French, which is the official language of Senegal. Acknowledgement: Claire-Marie Toupé.


General information and key indicators relevant to education

Senegal is a western African country bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and by Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Gambia.

  • Capital: Dakar
  • Independence date (from France): 4 April 1960
  • French is the official language. The national languages are Wolof, Pular, Jola, Madinka, Sérère, Soninké, Malinké, Diola
  • Population is estimated at 13,300,410 (2013)
  • The median age is 18.2 years (2013)
  • In 2011, the urban population represented 42.5% of the total population
  • Literacy (understood as age 15 and over can read and write) is 49.7% of total population (61.8% male and 38.7% female) (2009)
  • Schooling net rate is 75,5% (2007)
  • School life expectancy is 8 years (2010) (rank 50 in the world)
  • Education expenditures: 5,6% of GDP (2010)

Sources: Senegal Government websiteCIA World Factbook (English) and the Senegal National Agency for Statistics and Demography (ANSD).

General information about the educational system

For a general overview of the education system in Senegal, see the website of the Ministry of EducationEcoles au Sénégal and Wikipedia. For a list of schools in Senegal (elementary schools to universities) by region, please see here. The Senegal National Center of Educational Resources (C.N.R.E) aims to support the fight against illiteracy.

Finally, Monde de l’éducation : Journal d’informations sur l’éducation au Sénégal et dans le monde (World of education: News on education in Senegal and the world) publishes education-related news of Senegal.

Ongoing educational projects in Senegal

There are a number of educational projects currently ongoing in Senegal, including:

Examples of NGOs involved in education in Senegal: Association Rêves d’AfriqueAssociation JangalekatTche Kanam and iSENEGAL.