24 October 2021

Children in Senegal

The past years have been an exceptional journey for children in Senegal. The country has made tremendous progress in advancing children’s and women’s rights. Today, children in Senegal have a greater chance of reaching their fifth birthday than ever before. Being able to go to school is now a reality for many more children. However, much more…, The early years, Although children are more likely to reach their fifth birthday today than 20 years ago, they continue to be causalities of easily preventable illnesses and conditions such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and prematurity, and of poor access to healthcare. The maternal mortality ratio remains high at 315 per 100,000 live births (2015), as does the…, The school years, As children enter their school years, they face an uphill struggle to learn. Though Senegal has improved access to basic education considerably over the past 20 years, 4 in 10 children do not complete primary education and only 37 per cent complete a full cycle of basic education. Over 1.5 million school-age children were out of formal education…, The second decade of life, Adolescence is often paradoxical – a time both of risk and vulnerability, and of peak growth and potential. In Senegal, children’s second decade of life is a challenging period. Adolescents and youth, particularly girls, face major constraints to fulfilling their potential. In Senegal, girls have a lower rate of transition to secondary education…, Emergencies and climate change, Senegal is prone to chronic and seasonal vulnerabilities, mostly due to climate change. Drought affects the northern, central and eastern regions, causing food and nutritional insecurity, putting young children and women at risk of acute malnutrition. Flooding is more prevalent in the urban areas of the western and central regions during the rainy…