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Basic Information

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Start — End:
2014-03-14 — 2018-09-18



The project aims to support the Government of Senegal to ensure that girls and boys have access to better education. It seeks to improve the quality and management of Senegal’s education system by supporting the government in implementing its Program for Improving Quality, Equity and Transparency in Education and Training (PAQUET) 2013–2025. The project aims to develop an effective, efficient, equitable, transparent, responsible and accountable education system, and maintains a close dialogue with the Government of Senegal and other partners about which reforms should be a priority.

The project has two components: the provision of text books, and this one, support to the Ministry of Education to improve management and train teachers. Project activities include the following: (1) training and coaching government officials in financial, human and material resource management; (2) developing and testing management directives, procedures and tools for central and regional government officials; (3) providing teachers with comprehensive training in the skills based approach; and (4) building new schools and rehabilitating existing schools.

As with all budget support, Canada is working in close cooperation with other donors and the Government of Senegal to do the following: (1) ensure aid effectiveness by focusing on the country’s efficiency, transparency and accountability; (2) increase donor coordination and harmonization; and (3) strengthen mutual accountability. Budget support allows for greater policy dialogue among donors, government and partners, and helps to strengthen mutual efforts for effective, focused aid, as well as sustainable development results. This initiative is being continuously monitored and evaluated in coordination with other donors.

This contribution is a component of the Public School Investment Program - II, which has a total budget of $146,775,000.


Strengthening basic education
  • Primary education (011220): 65%
  • Education policy and administrative management (011110): 15%
  • Education facilities and training (011120): 10%
  • Basic life skills for youth and adults (011230): 5%
  • Teacher training (011130): 5%


Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes of the Public School Investment Program - II include the following: (1) increased education of girls and boys at the primary school and vocational training levels; (2) improved quality of learning in basic education for girls and boys; (3) more effective management practices among education system managers at the central and deconcentrated levels, including with regard to public procurement management, and human and financial resource management; and (4) improved management practices among government officials and private publishers for the provision of text books.

Progress and Results Achieved

Results up to March 2015 include the following: (1) gaps in access to education between regions with the highest school enrolment and those furthest behind narrowed between 2013 and 2014. For example, a 10% reduction was observed between Dakar and Kaffrine and a 22% reduction between Dakar and Tambacounda; (2) the number of learners taking vocational training rose from 333 per 100,000 residents in 2013 to 373 in 2014—a 12% increase; (3) the quality of the educational environment at the primary school level improved because of an increase in the number of schools with water sources (3,193 schools), latrines (2,431 schools), fences (4,957 schools) and electricity (6,188 schools); (4) decreased wait time from 182 days (2012) to 92 days (2013) between a call for tenders being launched and the final award notice being posted; (5) financial performance and management audits are now conducted regularly so that the once-frequent irregularities and bad practices associated with student recruitment can now be identified; and (6) human resources management improved through the introduction of a computerized human resources management system used to enrol 79,336 students out of a total of 88,816 (90.15%).

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Contracts, Grants and Contributions

Recipient NameDateType
Government of Senegal - Ministry of Economy and Finance2014-03-24Contribution