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My project started as an attempt to better understand the workings of an academic system that I thought didn't work very well. This was based on my observations made at the University Chiekh Anta Diop, which seemed to me an extremely difficult environment and system with in which to work. As a result, I wanted to survey the academic system from pre-school through university, analyzing what kind of students Dakar was trying to produce, and see maybe where it was going wrong. But, the draw back to this proposal was that it was too encompassing a study to really understand in this short a time period. So what I decided to do was to find a school where I could observe classes and see what it is like to grow up in the Senegalese school system.