A groundbreaking year
Dec 15, 2020

At the end of last month, the Le Korsa team broke ground with local dignitaries on a new kindergarten in Goumbayel, a village east of Tambacounda. By the summer of next year, about 100 young students will move into their own school building, built by the local contracting company of our friend and partner Dr. Magueye Ba. It will be the first time the kindergarteners of Goumbayel have had their own classroom.

“The population considered the groundbreaking as a materialization of a dream come true,” said Moussa Sene, Le Korsa’s Program Director. “The kindergarten students have not had physical classrooms since the school’s establishment in 2007,” he added.

Located next to the village’s primary school—which Le Korsa has supported with supplies for many years—the kindergarten will provide a crucial space for early childhood education. Public school in Senegal officially begins at age 7, and kindergartens are not widespread in rural villages such as Goumbayel.

If they do exist, they often lack their own space, which can inhibit teaching and learning. Building and maintaining proper kindergartens is thus one of the best ways to facilitate early childhood education, and ensure that when children enter the primary school at age 7, they are well-prepared.

The school at Goumbayel is in fact the second kindergarten we broke ground on in 2020, despite the many challenges posed by the pandemic. The first was in Sinthian, where we added another classroom to the structure from 2010. Students began using the new classroom this fall, and we look forward to seeing it when we are able to return in person.