International Education Projects: Senegal
United States Agency for International Development
In a four-year project with the US Agency for International Development, RTI helped Senegal decentralize its teacher preparation process; improve school policy, systems, and governance; strengthen students' basic skills in reading and math; and provide life and employability opportunities for middle school youth.
In addition, our work used specific reading and math education evaluation tools to track students' progress in their first year of middle school at baseline, mid-term, and final assessments. The project facilitated policy dialogue and supported 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 was a five-year initiative that focused on improving access, quality, and governance of the middle school education system in Senegal. This program fell 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 supported the fulfillment of the PDEF vision through five components and two units. RTI led the Governance and Management component and the Monitoring and Evaluation unit of the project.
- Vulnerable Children: provided vulnerable children, including girls, with a quality education or professional training and returning estranged children to their families
- Curriculum and Instruction: improved 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: improved management and governance in education, increasing parental, business, and local community participation in governance
- Public-Private Partnership: increased private sector contributions to education by expanding partnerships between the public and private sectors
- Information Technology and Communication: provided internet connectivity for increased access to quality educational information and resources in schools and their surrounding communities
- Small Grants Program: provided 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: ensured the efficient management and effective performance of the project towards its goals and objectives.