The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.
We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise.
British Council in Senegal
We have been working in Senegal since 1973. Every year we connect with thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, creatives and entrepreneurs in Senegal. The focus of our work is on providing opportunities for young people through:
- supporting young people to achieve the education, qualifications and skills needed to reach their potential in their future careers
- creating and developing new networks and platforms to give young people a voice in society.
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 on a monthly basis 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.