Suba Centre project Senegal

The Suba-Centre in Senegal targets children and young people without adequate access to musical and school education. And, at the same time, as a women`s neighborhood project should initiate social support structures. The musician Pape Dieye who lives in Freiburg has provided substantial private funds to the construction of the center and is supported by a non-profit association from Freiburg. Thereby, personal contacts ensure an effective and trustworthy use of funds. Those who want to support music education linked to a strong social component finds a suitable and worthy project to sponsor.



Suba Centre - project in Senegal
The project "Centre Suba" (Suba means future) is located in Keur Massar, a growing town near Dakar. The Senegalese musician Pape Dieye who lives in Freiburg founded the center on his own initiative with the aim to open up a prospect for children and young people through a musical education. The building was completed in 2011. As such the first workshops and courses were held since 2012.

Lack of prospects, the daily struggle to survive, the rural exodus and the disintegration of traditional family structures determine the daily lives of most young people in Senegal. School and education remains for many children an unattainable dream.

Aim of the project "Suba Centre" is therefore to give children and young people through a musical education and other assistance a basis for further educational pathways and thus a future. The regularly scheduled classes and workshops offer children a reliable structure, group lessons and the "Suba-band" promote social interaction, individual instruction promotes individual talents, and accompanying courses basic education. Content of the teaching are

•    the autonomous construction of instruments
•    learning and playing instruments
•    learning the basics of traditional and modern music
•    learning of writing and reading of music
•    accompanying support for basic education (reading, writing, arithmetic ...)

The "Suba Centre" in addition serves as neighborhood center for the women of Keur Massars. Many options for the future of neighborhood support and networking are growing here.

To support the "Suba Centre" the nonprofit association Suba (registered association) was founded in 2011 in Freiburg to fund the necessary local staff in Keur Massar as the main objective. Due to the voluntary work no administrative costs are incurred. Donations are transferred 100% to the project "Centre Suba" in Senegal without any deduction for administration. For project donations please note on the bank transfer form the heading: "Suba Centre".

Account foundation “Stiftung 100”

Information about the Centre Suba, the founder Pape Dieye or the association Suba are provided with appreciation by:

Henrike Foertsch (info(at);

Some geography:

Senegal is a country in West Africa. Its territory is about half the size of Germany; It extends from the foothills of the Sahara in the north, where the land is bordered by Mauritania, to the beginning of the tropical moist forest in the south.

The area of Senegal has been since the 12th century a part of the Islamic world and even today, more than 90% of the 12 million inhabitants of the country are committed to Islam. After several African kingdoms ruled the region, it became was the first French colony in Africa in 1895. On August 20, 1960 Senegal became independent; it maintained a multiparty system and became one of the few democratic countries on the African continent. However, due to the originally colonial dependence on a few export commodities such as groundnuts, phosphates and fish, rapid population growth and government debt resulted from the 1980 years on to impoverishment and social tensions. Thus, Senegal has been dependent on loans from the industrial and oil producing countries and on development aid.

Culturally Senegal has a long tradition and possesses today an independent cultural life in music, dance, visual arts, philosophy and literature. Nevertheless, considering social, economic and human criteria the country belongs to the poorest and most in need for development ones the world (also called Fourth World). (See. The remarks on the Least Developed Countries and the Human Development Index of the United Nations)

A large part of the population (women 74%, men 65%) is illiterate. The Constitution issued in 2001 guarantees access to education for all children. The school is compulsory and free of charge until the age of 16 years. Since 2003, the school system is reformed. The Senegalese Ministry of Labour has however expressed that the public school system is unable to cope with the many children who have to be added every year.