November 8, 2010
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HED Partnership to Strengthen Technology Use and Health Education in Senegalese Middle Schools


WASHINGTON, DC (November 8, 2010) – Higher Education for Development (HED), in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), today announced that Fairfield University and Collège Universitaire Régional de Bambey (CUR-Bambey) have been selected as the finalists for the Senegal: Community Service Learning funding competition. The institutions will be awarded as much as $300,000 over three years for their proposed partnership activities in the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Service Learning to Develop Health Curricula. 

Fairfield University, located in Fairfield, Conn., and CUR-Bambey in Senegal, will work to integrate information and communications technologies into teacher training and health education for middle school teachers and students through service learning and community outreach. The primary objectives of the partnership are to:

• Establish a service-learning program at CUR-Bambey using a train-the-trainer model
• Develop French-language print and video materials for service-learning training and health education
• Provide training to middle school teachers at targeted Senegalese schools in the use of technology to deliver health education
• Develop a virtual environment or website for partner institutions to collaborate, communicate, and access materials related to the partnership and community service programs
• Provide professional development opportunities for CUR-Bambey faculty, including participation at a conference held at Fairfield University

These initiatives will help strengthen middle school teaching methods on health topics such as nutrition, sanitation, and food safety; and will increase the presence of ICT in middle school teaching.

“HED is pleased to be supporting this partnership to enable CUR-Bambey to expand its capability as a hands-on university committed to community outreach and development and increase its capacity to help the Senegalese government achieve basic education development goals,” said HED Executive Director Tully Cornick. 

In Senegal, the government has outlined a 10-year plan for improving basic education. Two key priorities of this plan are increasing middle school enrollment so that at least half of all primary school graduates are able to finish middle school and improving the quality of vocational training. This partnership will support these goals through the planned teacher training in ICT and health education, thereby increasing the capacity of middle school teachers to educate and engage middle school students.

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