International Education Projects: Senegal
United States Agency for International Development
RTI leads the Education Priorité Qualité (EPQ) Program to assist Senegal in decentralizing its teacher preparation process, improve school governance and management, strengthen students' basic skills in reading and math, and provide life and employability opportunities for middle school youth.
The EPQ team develops training programs targeted at strengthening teachers' pedagogical and content skills. These training programs take place in each of Senegal's 14 regions at new regional teacher preparation and professional development centers the project helps establish.
In addition to focusing on improving teacher performance, the EPQ team addresses student performance through specific reading and math assessment tools appropriate for middle school diagnostic testing. The tools track students' progress in their first year of middle school at baseline, mid-term, and final assessments.
The EPQ team focuses on sustaining improvements by allowing Senegal to take ownership of the program by working with Senegal's Ministry of Education and the private sector and by building the capacity of local organizations that conduct education activities.
The project facilitates policy dialogue and supports institutional framework design at regional and national levels for a standards-based certification system and professional development program for teachers.
FHI360 / U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
The USAID/Basic Education project is a five-year initiative that focuses on improving access, quality, and governance of the middle school education system in Senegal. This program falls within the scope of the Programme Decennal de l'Education et de la Formation (PDEF), a ten-year education and training plan that focuses on improving access, quality and management of the Senegalese education system.
The project supports the fulfillment of the PDEF vision through five components and two units. RTI leads the Governance and Management component and the Monitoring and Evaluation unit of the project.
- Vulnerable Children: providing vulnerable children, including girls, with a quality education or professional training and returning estranged children to their families
- Curriculum and Instruction: improving the quality of middle school education by implementing a new curriculum that covers civic education and the world of work, introducing teachers to teaching/learning assessment methods capable of enhancing student mastery of individual learning objectives
- Governance and Management: improving management and governance in education, increasing parental, business, and local community participation in governance
- Public-Private Partnership: increasing private sector contributions to education by expanding partnerships between the public and private sectors
- Information Technology and Communication: providing internet connectivity for increased access to quality educational information and resources in schools and their surrounding communities
- Small Grants Program: providing small grants to local NGOs and CBOs to assist talibes and students at risk of dropping out to stay in school and to monitor their progress
- Monitoring and Evaluation: ensuring the efficient management and effective performance of the project towards its goals and objectives.