BICYCLES FOR EDUCATION

Senegal

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In Senegal, hundreds of boys and girls walk more than 5 kilometers to go to class. They get up before dawn, barely eat breakfast and start walking. When leaving class, they go the way in reverse. They come home tired and without energy to study.


And the next day, start over.

more than 10 kilometers a day

What do we want to achieve?

Since 2015, the Bicycles Without Borders Foundation has developed the Bicycles for Education project in Senegal. The project aims to:

Facilitate access to education for children and young people through bicycles.

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For this, we have developed a project for school transport by bicycle and we have designed the baobike , the bicycle for education, so that students in rural communities gain time, quality of life and equal opportunities for their future.

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What do we get?

With the implementation of the project, its beneficiaries obtain the following results:

  • School absenteeism is reduced

  • Students arrive on time to class

  • Pupils tire less ( 1)

  • Increases school performance ( 2)

(1) Energy consumption is five times smaller bike than walking.

(2) The Lycée de Palmarin has obtained in 2017 the highest number of BAC (University access) pass in the entire Fatick region (57% pass vs a national average of 31%)

Lista de alumnos beneficiarios

How do we do it?

The proyect consists in:

  • Deliver bicycles to the Senegalese institutes for the students who live farthest and the best in each class.

  • Start a bicycle workshop in each institute.

  • Build a parking lot for bicycles.

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As a first step, the workshop and parking lot are built. The bikes are then delivered to the institute, which distributes them to students who live farther from the school and to those who obtain better results in evaluations.

The families contribute an annual fee of 10,000 CFA (€ 15) to finance the costs of the repair shop, the mechanic's salary and spare parts.

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All these actors intervene in the execution:

  • The management team of the Senegalese institute

  • Students, their families and the entire community

  • Sponsors

  • The Bicycles Without Borders Foundation

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Where do we do it?

By December 2020, the project had been implemented in 4 institutes and 2 primary schools in the Fatick and Thiés regions. In 2021, it is planned to be implemented in 3 more institutes and in another school.

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