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Senegal is still one of the Least Developed Countries (LCD). Income differences are still high and poverty is prominent in the countryside. Most of the small-scale farmers are women who are struggling in changing climate conditions which have made especially rains unpredictable. Approximately 93% of children start primary school, but many drop out early. Children who drop out of school start working at a very young age, helping their families especially in farming, animal husbandry, and fishing. In Senegal, 38 languages are spoken country-wide.

Key words: mother tongue education, early education, minority languages, adult literacy class, women, dictionary compilation, advocacy, ethnic minorities

Implementing partner: Église Luthérienne du Sénégal (Lutheran Church of Senegal

Project description: In Senegal, all primary education is given in French, which is not a native language to most children starting school. The project advances the rights of ethnic and language minorities as well as women, and elevates the status of local languages in early education in Senegal. It also advocates for possibilities for children to study in their own mother tongue. Through the project activities, learning results in primary schools improve when children participate in early education in their own mother tongue before starting primary school. The project also organises literacy classes for women to improve their possibilities of participating in society and to increase their income generating possibilities. Compiling a dictionary in one of the minority languages, sereer, is part of the project activities.

Key words: Peer learning, capacity building, south-south cooperation, networking, civil society, innovation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, food security, environment, environmental education, disabled people, women empowerment, health

Implementing partner: Église Luthérienne du Sénégal (Lutheran Church of Senegal, ELS). Participant programme in Senegal: Programme pour la sécurité alimentaire dans le département de Foundiougne (PROSAF II)

Project description:

REVES is a south-south peer learning project implemented in Mauritania and Senegal with the aim of strengthening civil societies in these countries. The capacities of the two implementing partners LWF Mauritania and the Lutheran Church of Senegal is being built through a variety of trainings, sharing innovations and learning from one another. In Senegal the project advances the rights of women, girls, and ethnic minorities.

The project area of PROSAF II in Foundiougne, Senegal, is remote and the soil is heavily salinated, and therefore food security is a challenge. The project aims at improving the productivity of agriculture through better water management, training in agriculture and environmental management as well as by establishing demonstration gardens. Income generation possibilities for women and disabled people are improved as well as access to better health care services. Environmental education is provided in schools and in the communities.

Photos from Senegal