Senegal is the most western country in mainland Africa, with an estimated population of about 14.5 million inhabitants living in a land area of 196,500 square kilometers. Senegal is a relatively small nation; however, Senegal’s international footprint largely surpasses its size on paper.
To some extent, Senegal’s international fame rests on its political and social stability. The land of Téranga (hospitality in Wolof) is a paragon of democracy in Africa. It is one of the very few African countries that has never experienced a military coup or any type of violent transfer of power. This socio-political stability stems from the country’s inter-faith harmony as well as from the Senegalese people’s legendary sense of inclusion and hospitality, yet it also has a lot to do with the country’s strong commitment to quality education of which Senegal invests 40 percent of its operating budget.
The Senegalese educational authorities welcomed with pride and enthusiasm the Ducere Foundation’s offer to enhance its education programs through the introduction of its African Children’s Stories (ACS) Program, funded by the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) through the Australian High Commission in Ghana.
Following the lead of Mr. Serigne Mbaye Thiam, Minister of Education, both Pr. Ndiogou Faye, Dean of the General Inspection and Mr. Dominique Diouf, Inspector of the Sangalkam District readily adhered to and committed their support of the 2016 ACS-Senegal Program.
After a visit of the Executive Director of the Ducere Foundation, Mrs Di Fleming to Dakar earlier in the year, the ACS-Senegal Program was progressed with a two-day teacher training session held at Tivaouane Peulh Elementary School in October, 2016. The ACS-Senegal Country Coordinator, Dr. Oumar Diogoye Diouf, was assisted by Inspectors Sangue Diongue and Oumar Dansokho in providing the participating teachers with training on the teaching of narrative text structure and storytelling techniques to children.
In total, twenty three teachers from the six beneficiary schools were trained, with twenty six classes—that is, more than 1300 students—currently participating in the 2016 ACS-Senegal Program. The six beneficiary schools are Apix Elementary School I, Apix Elementary School II, Tivaouane Peulh Elementary School I, Tivaouane Peulh Elementary School II, Apix Mid School, and Tivaouane Peulh High School.