The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

Over the last few years, here in Senegal, we have developed our support to teachers and learners of English through partnerships with Ministries of Education, English Teacher Associations and schools.

Our Senegal office is a base for our wider work across eight countries in Francophone West Africa. Our primary focus is on the English language and providing opportunities for professional development to teachers in the region. 

Our work in the region includes delivering:

  • the Peacekeeping English Programme to the Senegalese Armed Forces
  • bespoke English courses in Cape Verde for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence
  • bespoke English courses in Mali for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • bespoke English courses in Guinea for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

We also administer IELTS English language tests in Senegal five times a year catering to candidates from Senegal and across the region.

Our work in education and society is currently centred on our school leadership, World Voice, GREAT Entrepreneur and Premier Skills programmes.  

From 2006 until 2015, our Connecting Classrooms programme focused on topics as diverse as school leadership, community links and, importantly, youth engagement to harness youth energy for informal leadership, community cohesion and global citizenship. The programme reached approximately 100 schools, 500,000 students and 5,000 teachers over its lifetime.

Our direct English language teaching (ELT) programme is delivered to more than 2,000 students a year. Our courses enable young learners, university students and adults to improve their English and open up opportunities in their work, studies and life.

Our training centre is equipped with seven comfortable classrooms which are fitted with modern technology to enhance the learning experience. We have a cafeteria and a wonderful leafy courtyard where you can relax, connect to the internet for free on our Wi-Fi network or watch the latest UK news.

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