The state of education and implications of SRHR on the education of adolescent girls in Senegal

Case Studies & Research
157 p. + 8 p.

In Senegal, adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years, and young adults aged 20-24 represent 22.5% and 9% of the general population respectively (ANSD, RGPHAE 2013). Senegal is one of five countries globally with the lowest gross enrollment rates for girls (87.92%) and low levels of reproductive health knowledge among girls and young women (UNESCO, 2015). In addition, out-of-primary school rates in West and Central Africa stood at 31% for females and 28% for males (UN, 2015, 2018). Moreover, more than 64% of the population in West and Central Africa is under 24 years (UNFPA, 2015), and the adolescent pregnancy rate is more than twice the global average, with more than one in ten girls aged 15-19 giving birth (UNFPA, 2013). The adolescent population has continued to experience poor education and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes, necessitating the need to build evidence on these education and SRH outcomes for targeted interventions and better decision making. The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), partnered with Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), to implement a project dubbed "Improving Girls Education" with a goal of improving education outcomes and overall wellbeing of girls in Senegal. The main goal of the project was to improve education outcomes and overall wellbeing of girls in Senegal using a two-phased approach. Phase 1: Conduct a comprehensive scoping review; map organizations and programs that are working in the girls’ education space, and engage policy and practice actors, to validate the evidence coming out of the scoping review. Phase 2: Conduct an exploratory study to establish the perspectives of stakeholders including beneficiaries (both adolescents and their parents) on girls’ education and SRHR programs in Senegal.

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