Senegal’s educational system faces many challenges. While the country offers free, compulsory education up to age 16, many students drop out due to poverty and a lack of resources. This is particularly true of female students who begin working at an early age, marry young, or become pregnant.
As a result, participation depends largely on the individual family’s prosperity. And, once children drop out it’s difficult for them to return for further education (be it academic or vocational).
A general inaccessibility of educational materials only worsens the situation. (E.g. only 25 percent of the population use the internet due to poor connectivity.)