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Senegal - Child Wellbeing Report Launched

The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), in partnership with ANCEFA and other cooperating partners on 25th May 2011, launched the 2011 African Report on Child Wellbeing.

The launch took place at Hotel Le Meriden President, in Dakar. It attracted dozens of child rights activities from across West Africa and was graced by high ranking officials from the government of Senegal including the Minister of Education, Ndeye Khady Diop and M. Cire Aly Ba, representing the Prime Minister .

The report focuses on budgeting for children in critical areas of health, early childhood development, education and social protection.

During the launch, panelists and stakeholders called on governments in Africa to move from rhetoric to concrete actions to invest in child friendly sectors and improve the lives of children.

In his launch remarks, Executive Director of ACPF, David Mugawe, called on leaders of government to “honor thy words”.

Among others the report showed that 20 of 52 African countries had official programs in ECD, and that less than 2% of the education budget was going towards ECD contrary to international commitments.

In addition, the report revealed that only six countries were committing adequate resources for education. “Only six countries-Botswana, Djibouti, Kenya, Lesotho, Swaziland and Tunisia) kept their promise by spending 7 to 13 per cent of their GDP to education”, reads the report in part.

According to the report one of the targets in the EFA regional Framework was a pledge by governments to allocate at least seven percent of their GDP to education by 2005 and increase it to nine per cent by 2010”.

The report also showed that with exception of Egypt and Seychelles which spend nearly 12% of their GDP on social protection programs, most of the countries in Africa invested less than 2% in the area.

During the occasion, participants congratulated Senegal, which had made significant strides to protect the rights of children by increasing spending in education and intensifying early childhood programs. The report ranks Senegal at number 5 of the most committed countries out of 52 sampled.

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