MSI is working with educators in Senegal to ensure that children, who have been taught in French, are also able to learn in their native language.
Last month, we facilitated a workshop with the Senegalese Minister of Education, staff from the Ministry of National Education, and other curriculum and education personnel to finalize a scaling-up initiative to expand an innovative bilingual curriculum. The workshop helped identify issues that need to be addressed in fundraising, institutional adaptation, advocacy and awareness-raising.
French has been the dominant language in Senegal schools, but Senegalese citizens want their children to learn in their native language.
MSI experts provided an overview of our Scaling Up Framework to pinpoint the crucial elements needed to have a successful scaling-up plan. With our support and the backing of the Ministry of Education, the Senegalese NGO Associates in Research and Education for Development is taking the piloted bilingual curriculum to national scale.
“There is not a single country in the developed or emerging world that has used a foreign language as a language of instruction,” said Serigne Mbaye Thiam, the Minister of National Education.