22 Apr Bourofaye Christian School in Senegal
BCS is a ministry of WEC International (Worldwide Evangelization for Christ), in Senegal, and was set up to provide an education for the children primarily of WEC missionaries in Senegal and surrounding countries. However, the School is now used by families from over 20 other mission agencies.
This year we have around 80 students, aged between 4 and 17, many of whom board. We retain a family atmosphere. The missionary families come from all over the world (Brazil, Peru, Chile, Canada, USA, France, Switzerland, South Korea, South Africa, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau etc.) and work in Senegal and surrounding countries (Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, sometimes Mali, Mauritania or Sierra Leone). They are involved in Bible translation, church-planting, medical work, agricultural projects, ministry among street children and other ministries that enhance the kingdom of God in West Africa.
Staff children are generally part of the out-of school activities in the dorms. Often they just like to be with their friends and play around outside. In many ways the setting is great for younger children, with plenty of secure space and friends near by most of the time.
We have 30-35 international staff members (teachers, dorm staff, administration, kitchen, maintenance) and 19 Senegalese staff members (cooks, cleaners,guards, maintenance).
Location of School
Having once been in the south of Senegal, in the village of Bourofaye, BCS has settled down on its purpose built site, 70km south of the capital, Dakar, in 2002.
Google Earth Coordinates: 14°34’16.64″ N 17°03’03.80″ W
The school is located between a large mango plantation and the Saafi village of Kiniabour II, which has a population of around 2,000 distributed in a series of family compounds in the typical local style. The people are very friendly and the relationships built with the school are good.
Things to see and do around BCS
Things for teacher and staff to do on their days off include a day at the beach, a visit to the village, shopping, the local wildlife park etc. Sometimes people prefer keeping a low profile and stay around the site, catching up on sleep or correspondence, having carry out meals and watching movies.
Popenguine, a fishing village on the coast 9km away, has a postal office, a good pharmacy and some shops. These shops are typical Senegalese shops and are called ’boutique’. They sell everyday essentials. There is a nature Reserve and extensive beach for walks and picnics that the school uses regularly for outings.
For bigger facilities there are three nearby towns called Mbour, Saly and Thiès. Mbour as well as Saly are close to the Petite Cote. It does have most things that you’d expect from a tourist Senegalese town. There is a whole range of things to do there with swimming pools, paint balling, horse riding, restaurants ranging from fast food to French-style 3 course, the beach, tourist shops etc. It is a bit of a haven, but it isn’t the ‘real’ Senegal and some of it can be quite pricey.
Thiès offers similar shopping/restaurant facilities and is a much more relaxed place to visit and shop. You get a wide range of necessities in the local boutiques and small supermarkets there. A missionary hospital is also there and other reasonable health facilities. With a good tarmac road linking it to the school it only takes you 30 minutes to get there.
Trips into the capital, Dakar takes around an hour and you can get almost anything you need there once you know where the shops are located.
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