Les Enfants d'Abord’s experiential learning programs are designed to supplement what is missing from the education system in Senegal. At public and private schools in Thiès, there are not enough notebooks and textbooks to go around. Frequently, students have to stand in class because there are not enough desks. Classrooms are over-crowded and have extremely high student-to-teacher ratios. Teaching is largely lecture-based and focuses on rote memorization rather than conceptual understanding. Any kind of active student involvement, including inquiry-based learning, hands-on projects, and group discussions, are rare.
At Les Enfants d'Abord, our programs give students opportunities to learn by doing. Through conducting scientific experiments, planning and giving presentations to live audiences, working and getting along in groups, and expressing themselves through art, our students engage in academics in fun and challenging ways. Our units are always thoughtfully designed to promote problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
We are transparent in our methodology. As more children are exposed to our programs or programs like ours, the whole world benefits.