Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal

by Women's Global Education Project
WGEP Senegal scholars
WGEP Senegal scholars

"Our program has generated a love of learning in girls who are asserting themselves more in the classroom and obtaining excellence," reports WGEP Senegal Project Coordinator Adji Senghor. "The best students in Sokone are from our program!" 

Thank you for supporting Women's Global Education Project in Senegal! Your support helps WGEP provide critical scholarships to 150 girls in rural Senegal, girls who otherwise would not have the chance to go to school. You are also helping us impact 3,000 of their family members, friends and neighbors, ensuring that entire communities are invested in the future of their girls.

We are making a difference--thank you for partnering with us!


Your support of our "Educate Girls and Fight Poverty in Senegal" project helps us provide not only access to education for girls, but also crucial support services such as our Mentoring Program to help our girls succeed in school and work towards their dreams.

WGEP Senegal's Mentoring Program connects nearly 300 girls to mentors--older, educated women who provide additional, personalized support and who serve as role models. These mentors were often themselves the first woman in their families and communities to finish school, and so know first hand the struggles and pressures facing many of our scholars in their daily lives. They are able to provide support and encouragement for our girls and show them what is possible with education.

Additionally, our Mentoring Program allows our girls to regularly meet successful, educated women they would otherwise not come into contact with. This includes female professionals from surrounding areas, village leaders and regional officials, as well as visitors from around the world (recently, this included American college students from the University of Minnesota, Lewis and Clark College and Beloit College, Italian volunteers from Action Aid, and visiting staff from GlobalGiving!)

We know that our scholarship and support programs are giving our girls access to the possibility of a brighter future--thank you for partnering with us in this life-changing work!

Our project, "Educate Girls and Fight Poverty in Senegal," has been chosen by GlobalGiving for their Girl Effect Challenge! This means the chance to become part of GlobalGiving's 2013 Girl Effect Fund--but we need your help. The top six organizations in the Challenge with the greatest number of unique donors automatically win a place--so please consider donating during the month of November to help us in the Challenge. Any level--even just $10--will help! Thank you from WGEP Senegal!


Congratulations to our WGEP Sisters-to-School Senegal scholars on their recent academic achievements!
  • 98% of our elementary school scholars passed into the next grade, with 78% placing at the top of their class
  • 92% of our middle school scholars passed into the next grade, with 64% placing at the top of their class
  • 79% of our high school scholars taking the national BAC graduation exam passed, compared to the national average of 38%
Additionally, WGEP Senegal found that the overall number of girls enrolling in high school increased in the region where we work:
  • Female student enrollment was 48% of all students in 2011, up from 33% in 2007
  • The number of girls who successfully passed into high school was 63% in 2011, up from 36% in 2007
WGEP is also pleased to announce that community radio station "Radio Niombato 91.1 FM," based in the Fatick region of Senegal where we work, has recently been broadcasting our WGEP Sisters-to-School Senegal program activities. Radio Niombato is widely listened to in Fatick, which means our message is reaching more and more people in the surrounding Faitick villages.

Thank you for supporting this important work!


Scholars from WGEP Sisters-to-School Senegal
Scholars from WGEP Sisters-to-School Senegal

"We are solving a full range of challenges, beyond just funding scholarships and supplies--we are helping to change the culture to value girls' education."
This is what WGEP Board Member April Donnellan says about our work in Senegal after recently visiting the WGEP Sisters-to-School program there with her 11-year-old daughter. While there, they went to numerous schools and programs, visited scholars and their families at home, took part in an adult literacy class, joined a community meeting, and attended an education conference.

"It was very special to be there with my daughter, as she was able to meet girls her age and learn about their daily lives," April says. "Our WGEP program--with its mulch-tiered emphasis on family and community support--is really making a difference for these girls. We met several families whose daughters would clearly not be able to attend school were it not for our program. Teachers and tutors say our scholars learn faster than other students, participate more in class, and have confidence in themselves and their abilities.

"In many schools in our region, we are seeing more and more girls in school, and in some cases even outnumber the boys. This is reverse of long-standing traditions of devaluing education for girls. Seeing our Senegal programs at work really inspired me!"


WGEP Senegal is a "Give Knowledge" finalist in the 2012 GlobalGiving Photo Contest! You can help us by casting your vote here-- -- between now and noon EDT on August 15. The organization with the most votes wins $1,000 from GlobalGiving, with the winning photo displayed on the GlobalGiving homepage for a full day. Thanks for your support!


Our Sisters-to-School project in Senegal added an Adult Literacy program for women and a Textbook Library Exchange program for secondary scholars.

The Adult Literacy program, modeled on an existing WGEP Kenya program, gives the mothers of our scholars and other women in the community a way to learn literacy skills and participate in empowerment and support sessions.

The Textbook Library Exchange program will help alleviate textbook costs for scholars by allowing them to share several commonly owned copies of otherwise expensive textbooks.

 CLICK HERE to read more about our WGEP project in Senegal.



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Women's Global Education Project

Location: Oak Park, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Amy Maglio
Oak Park, Illinois United States
$197,680 raised of $200,000 goal
1,108 donations
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