This project provides free education to 100+ adults a year at the Diapalante Community Education Centre. Men and women who never attended school or whose schooling was cut short. Some learn to read and write, others learn Senegal's official language (French), business language (English) or business management. Most are motivated to improve their job prospects, some to support their children's early education. Everyone's long term aim is to shield their families from the worst effects of poverty.
Senegal is one of the world's least developed countries. Though literacy levels are rising many adults (48%) are unable to read or write. Poverty often curtails education before children reach the end of secondary or even primary school. This lack of education hinders people's efforts to find good employment or manage businesses effectively. The Diapalante Community Education Centre helps break this cycle by offering free adult education which targets skills that adults need for their work.
This project offers a rare but much needed opportunity for adults to become literate or improve sought after language and business skills. In Senegal these are key skills that improve work opportunities and financial security. Diapalante's free courses enable adults to catch up on missed education and learn around existing work or family commitments. Motivated by an immediate and real need our adult learners progress well and gain marketable skills which help them break the cycle of poverty.
Funding will enable us to continue helping adults improve life for their families. Previous beneficiaries: Mariam and Bintou learned to read and write. Mariam to help her children get a good start in school, Bintou to help her start a hairdressing business. Maguette improved her French to train as a midwife. Modou uses his English to sell Senegalese art internationally. Gaye now runs a builders suppliers using English to buy supplies from abroad and French to fill in the government paperwork.