In its most recent report, Senegal ranked 155th out of 187 countries on the UN Human Development Index. Senegal has a low literacy rate of about 39% and low enrollment rates in primary and secondary schools. Over half of the Senegalese population lives below the poverty line. Many children face difficulties attending school because they cannot afford uniforms and supplies and schools lack the funding to pay for basic necessities, such as textbooks, electricity, and running water.
This project will help provide access to education for children in rural Senegal, and offer a place to conduct Adult Literacy Programs, benefiting the community members of all ages. buildOn has constructed 26 schools in Senegal and hopes to continue enhancing access to primary education in the country. Our methodology's true power resides in the fact that buildOn classrooms are constructed in partnership with the very people who will be benefiting from them.
buildOn provides the funding, engineering, materials, skilled labor and supervision. The village provides a gender balanced leadership team, thousands of hours of unskilled volunteer labor and a promise that girls will attend the school in equal numbers with boys. This helps ensure investment of the community in the success of the school, encouraging the education of generations to come in equal numbers of girls and boys. This project will address the lack of education for Senegalese children.