Education in Senegal
|Ministry of Education|
|Primary languages||Wolof, French|
|Literacy (2002 est.)|
The Senegalese education system is based on its French equivalent. Articles 21 and 22 of the Constitution adopted in January 2001 guarantee access to education for all children. However, due to limited resources and low demand for secular education in areas where Islamic education is more prevalent, the law is not fully enforced. Many families send their children to private schools.
Primary and secondary education 
Education is compulsory and free up to the age of 16. In 2002, the gross primary enrolment rate was 80%, and the net primary enrolment rate was 67.6%. Gross and net enrolment rates are based on the number of students formally registered in primary school and therefore do not necessarily reflect actual school attendance. In 2000, 41.2% of children ages 5 to 14 years were attending school. Primary school attendance statistics are not available for Senegal. As of 2001, 80% of children who started primary school were likely to reach grade 5.
The Ministry of Labor has indicated that the public school system is unable to cope with the number of children that must enroll each year. As a result, many school-age children seek education and training through more informal means. A large number apprentice themselves to a shop, where they receive no wages. One government official estimated there are 100,000 children apprenticed in Dakar. The Agence Nationale de la Statistique et de la Démographie (ANSD) reports that as of 2001, 32.7% of children age 10–14 had begun their professional lives.
Higher education 
|This section requires expansion. (February 2010)|
Senegal's main Universities include Cheikh Anta Diop University (formerly Dakar University) in the capital of Dakar and Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis. University level instruction is only in French.
- CIA World Factbook
- "Senegal". 2005 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor. Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor (2006). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- Constitution du Sénégal, Titre II : Des libertés publiques et de la personne humaine, des droits économiques et sociaux et des droits collectifs (in French)
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- APIX - Living in Senegal - Education
- Senegal's Poor Hurt By Begging Ban Meant To Help - audio report by NPR