Officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country south of the Sénégal River in western Africa. Senegal is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Mauritania to the north, Mali to the east, and Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south. Senegal ranks among the least developed countries in the world.
Its size is almost 197,000 km² with an estimated population of nearly 11,700,000. Dakar is the capital city of Senegal, located on the Cape Verde Peninsula on the country’s Atlantic coast.
About a third of the population live below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 a day.
Eastern Senegal was once part of the Empire of Ghana. Various European powers like Portugal, the Netherlands, Great Britain and France started from the 15th century a minor slave trade in the country. A well known departure point of slaves was the infamous island of Gorée next to modern Dakar.It was only in the 1850s that the French began to expand their foothold onto the Senegalese mainland.
Senegal has now a wide variety of ethnic groups and, as in most West African countries, several languages are widely spoken. The Wolof are the largest single ethnic group in Senegal at 43 percent; the Peul and Toucouleur (also known as Halpulaar, Fulbe or Fula) (24 percent) are the second biggest group, followed by others.
Islam is the predominant religion, practiced by approximately 95 percent of the country’s population; the Christian community, at 4 percent of the population, includes Roman Catholics and diverse Protestant denominations. There is also a 1 percent population who maintain animism in their beliefs, particularly in the south-eastern region of the country.
In the 1990s, even by African standards, Senegal had fallen far behind in the education of its children. In 1994, Senegal’s illiteracy rate was 73 percent; in regions such as Tambacounda and Louga, the rates climbed to a staggering 80 percent, and illiteracy rates for girls and women were even higher. Critics pointed to a lack of schools, well-trained teachers, and teaching materials, as well as an unwieldy state-run system that hindered innovation.
The Constitution Senegal adopted in January 2001 guarantee access to education for all children. Education is compulsory and free up to the age of 16. However, due to limited resources and low demand for secular education the result is that many school-aged children seek to obtain education and training through more informal means.
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