With a population of about 13 million people, Senegal is a country whose half of the population is illiterate. With the ever increasing population, the illiteracy rate is bound to increase further. The Government is doing little to improve the state of affairs and even if some of the Senegalese children go to school, the quality of the educational standard is not up to the mark. Shortage of compliant and motivated teachers, lack of adequate infrastructure and overcrowding of existing schools make the matter worse.
Senegal is already gripping under poverty and the lack of proper education in the country is forcing people to go far away from their home in search of jobs. Many parents prefer their children to work and help in the family earning so therefore dropout rates are also high in the country. Even though there is provision of free and compulsory education, many parents are still disinclined towards sending their children to school.
The Government of Senegal is now finding ways to improve the condition though much is needed to be done. Due to extreme poverty the parents are often desperate to send their children to work in the capital and by doing this they are risking the lives of these children. But if through proper methods the parents are informed of the advantages of education and the prospect of earning nearer home after completing one’s education then the situation can be controlled and modified. The parents must be convinced about the education opportunities back home. The children must be educated and prepared for the future because children are the future of any society and country as a whole.