Challenges Facing Senegalese Education

In 1992 approximately 54 000 Senegalese youths were suspected to be apprentices in the workforce rather than in school. Although the legal age for these apprenticeships is supposed to be 15 it is believed that there are much younger children involved in the workforce. Children who live in rural parts of the country are at a disadvantage and usually work in agriculture instead of attending school. There is a focus on increasing enrolment among Senegalese girls, although in the past few year enrolment rates have elevated.