Significant challenges to equitable access to education — including poverty, safety and educational quality — persist in post-conflict regions of southern Senegal. The USAID Passerelles Senegal project works to improve access to high-quality, relevant education for more than 259,000 children and youth in four regions: Kedougou, Kolda, Sedhiou and Ziguinchor.
FHI 360 works with Save the Children, ENDA Jeunesse Action and Humanity & Inclusion on this project, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. USAID Passerelles Senegal employs an evidence-based approach that builds on best practices in conflict-sensitive and inclusive education, gender equality, social inclusion and positive youth development to:
- Strengthen and extend complementary basic education services to ensure flexible pathways into the formal education system and professional or vocational training
- Improve the relevance, quality and inclusiveness of formal education services
- Support children in successfully making the transition from primary to secondary school by removing social, economic and institutional barriers
- Empower families and communities to recognize their voice in and ownership of local education services
Close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, community leaders and youth ensures local ownership for all activities and programs.