Teach. Lead. Transform.

Why We Exist

  • 45 % of Senegalese are below the age of 15

  • 60% of children living in rural communities never attend school.

  • 47% rural and 14% of urban children have never attended school

  • French is the language of instruction, despite the fact that only 10% of Senegalese actually use French at home

  • Only 3% of Senegalese children  make it to university   Only 3% of Senegalese children  make it to university 

(UNESCO Institue for Statistics)

What We Believe

To tackle educational inequity in Senegal, we must support the people in our local communities who suffer its consequences to take the lead in the fight for change. We believe that a crucial path to unlocking the leadership of these communities lies in recruiting local graduates to teach in local schools and serve as life-long advocates afterward.

What We Do

Teach For Senegal recruits and equips places “Fellows” (participants selected into our Fellowship) to teach in Senegal’s most underserved schools and disadvantaged communities for a minimum of 2 years.Our ‘Fellows’ will undergo an 8-week intensive residential training in pedagogy and leadership, in addition to receiving individual professional development and team coaching to enable them to achieve success with their students. Our Fellows, community leaders, school directors, existing teachers, students, and parents will work together to harness the strengths within their communities to effect change.

The Movement

Teach For Senegal began with an ambitious mission to transform the education system in Senegal. By catalyzing a nationwide movement of impact-driven leaders, we seek to provide access to an excellent education for all children across the country.

Teach For Senegal (TFS) is an impact-driven leadership development organization that enlists young Senegalese leaders from diverse academic backgrounds including professionals and graduates from our nation’s best universities, to serve as full-time teachers in underserved communities for an initial commitment of two years.As Fellows, they will set targets and work towards ambitious goals that will put their students on a different life path. The experience will not only develop their leadership skills but also give them first-hand exposure to the educational crisis in our country. Additionally, Fellows will develop an awareness of the wider issues relating to educational inequity – and deepen their understanding of the potential solutions.