USA: Is USAID funding for Reading for All (LPT) in Senegal a case of misappropriation of public funds? The Senate called to clarify.

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Here it is the Senegalese Reading for All Program (LPT) funded by US taxpayers' money. This program is currently strongly contested by Senegalese ethnic groups because some of their children are taught in languages other than their mother tongues. Peuls are the biggest losers in this new language education system. What is inadmissible and this fact is an affront to their intrinsic culture. Would the United States Senate be aware and what does it intend to do to correct this harmful aberration for our local cultures?

    Here it is the Senegalese Reading for All Program (LPT) funded by US taxpayers' money. This program is currently strongly contested by Senegalese ethnic groups because some of their children are taught in languages other than their mother tongues. Peuls are the biggest losers in this new language education system.

What is inadmissible and this fact is an affront to their intrinsic culture. Would the United States Senate be aware and what does it intend to do to correct this harmful aberration for our local cultures?

 

    With an envelope of nearly US $ 72 million (more than CFAF 43.4 billion current price) for the period 2016-2021, USAID supports the implementation of the program through a device known as USAID Technical Assistance to Senegal's National Reading Program.

    Reading For All or the Wolofisation of the Senegalese school.

 

    It was expected that all students in this Read For All (LTP) program would receive literacy training in their native languages. But unfortunately, this has not been the case. There are mainly 6 local languages in Senegal, but there are others. French,

    Pulaar and Wolof are among the most spoken languages. The Fulahs would be the most numerous, then come the Wolofs in second position and sereres form the third large ethnic group according to several concordant sources.

 

     The application of this introductory program to national languages is very problematic today. Fulani children would be literate in Wolof in many communes of Senegal as in Dahra-Djoloff, Louga, etc ...

    In other municipalities, teachers do not understand the language Pulaar or have been trained for a week at most in this language, would teach this one. Only in Senegal are you taught a language after having learned it for 7 days. It is obvious that these teachers are highly incompetent because they have not had enough training time. In addition, one would have noticed that these last ones do not master all the subtilities of the Pulaar such as the pronunciation of certain consonants.

    Hence the certainty that these teachers of school very poorly transmit their lessons to learners.

    As a result, children of the Peul ethnic group are strongly disadvantaged and penalized because they do not receive their basic education in their mother tongue or they receive it very badly. Also, authorities have threatened to close schools if the parents of Fulani pupils refused that the instruction of their children were made in Wolof in the department of Kounguel. This proves that the program has been imposed on the local population in general illiterate and not very aware of the rules of the administration of the country. The constitution of the country recognizes many freedoms and rights such as the right to life, to citizens, but their application leaves something to be desired.

 

    Would this American aid have been diverted?

 

    It is believed that the use of US taxpayer money for international aid is governed by rules and laws. It is also thought that these cooperation funds, intended to relieve a poor and impoverished population, are not there to create ethnic and / or community tensions.

    We are Senegalese of origin living in Canada, the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Senegal. We would like to know if the use of the money of the imposed Americans is in conformity with the standards of peace and justice.

    Has this aid been diverted from its objectives? If this is the case, the option of seizing US justice (civil and criminal chamber) could be considered. The Americas has a strong reputation all over the world. This form of assistance as applied is not in the interest of the United States as it damages its reputation.

     What to do

    Reading For All accelerates the scheduled death of the Pulaar language in Senegal and West Africa. This language has very little presence in the media (public and private) and in the public services since Independence, despite the strong presence of its population throughout the national territory.

    We strongly urge the Senate Speaker, Mr. James Reich, to shed some light on this US funding that is killing Pulaar. We want all children in Senegal to be educated in their respective mother tongues. We do not want to dominate or be dominated.

     It is hoped that corrections will be made immediately for the sake of the Senegalese people, who are in love with peace and justice, and that Fulani children will receive their education in their mother tongue in Pulaar as part of this program. 

Gondiel Ka 

chronicler 

Administrative secretary: KisalDeeyirde Pulaagu

Montreal Canada

 

 

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