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July 15, 2015

Signing of Grant Agreement with the Republic of Senegal
Improving the quality of education by constructing middle school classrooms

On July 10, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Republic of Senegal to provide grant aid of up to 1.349 billion yen for the Project for Construction of Middle Schools in the Regions of Kaolack, Thies and Fatick.

This project will construct middle schools in three provincial areas (Kaolack, Thies and Fatick Regions) where classes are overflowing with students.

With improvements to primary education access and a change in 2005 to make lower secondary education (middle school) mandatory, the gross enrollment ratio in lower secondary education rose from 19.6 percent in 2000 to 53.2 percent in 2011. In addition, the number of enrolled students is rising at an average of 11 percent per year, which includes a rise from approximately 310,000 students in lower secondary education in 2004 to 710,000 in 2012. However, the number of classrooms has not kept pace with the rising needs for lower secondary education, leaving classes overcrowded and adversely affecting the quality of education.

This project targets 20 middle schools in Kaolack, Thies and Fatick Regions where the number of students exceeds 100 per class, greatly exceeding the standard of 45 established by the Government of Senegal. Furthermore, the completion of primary school has been eliminated as a condition for entering middle school, so the percentage of students enrolling in middle school is expected to increase, which will exacerbate the inadequate number of classrooms.

To improve these conditions, this project will build middle school classrooms and related facilities to reduce the number of students per classroom, which is expected to improve the quality of education and the learning environment at the 20 target middle schools. In addition to this project, JICA is carrying out a technical cooperation project to improve school management and teacher capacity in science and mathematics in primary education, comprehensively supporting human resource development and improvements to the quality of education in Senegal.

Basic project information

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