Who We Are
Teach for Senegal was birthed from the life experience and ultimate life calling of our founder, Raby Gueye. An educator and entrepreneur, she’s known since her youth her destiny of purpose-driven work for everyday people and young people.
Raby was born and raised in rural Senegal until she was eight years old—where her family immigrated to the United States as refugees due to a conflict that impacted her family. Just like many refugee families, adjusting to a new country came with its challenges and trials. With the encouragement of teachers, Raby and her siblings stayed the course and even helped their parents navigate daily life in America while they received an education.
Throughout her formative years in school, it became clear to Raby being educated is vital for one to be able to reach their full potential and thrive, but wondered why such education disparities exist in her home country and all over the world. Tapping into her passions of being a potential fulfiller and problem solver, she began her consistent service work for Senegalese youth while in high school. There, she was encouraged to explore a career in human rights law, as she aspired to work towards helping refugees experience fewer challenges that she endured with her family. But during her time as a student at Arizona State University, she transitioned pursuing a career in education from her experience teaching at a refugee agency, in an underserved community in India as well as a Teach for America educator.
These teaching experiences revealed the importance of cultural representation in the classroom and in the curriculum. Raby also realized the need to disrupt the system, while working within it, if children were to truly realize their purpose. Starting with her own community, she developed Teach For Senegal with the help of mentors to make this purpose-driven work a reality. Currently, Raby and her team are building partnerships with the Senegalese government to create a collective vision among themselves, as well as with the communities Teach For Senegal will serve under the core values of leadership and empathy, as well as being locally rooted and globally informed.
The talent from Africa’s youth is palpable; their passion is even more evident. Teach For Senegal not only wants to inspire the diaspora to return home and invest in the continent but to also exemplify the ability for young Africans to be given the room to finally solve their own issues—without aid—to prepare children for the real world.
OUR CORE BELIEFS
Sense of Possibility
Locally Rooted & Globally Informed
We consider integrity a virtue. We commit to upholding the highest standards of ethical expectations in our actions.
We believe the issue of quality education is an urgent one. We take each and every action with the full realization that our work now means that children in underprivileged communities could have significantly better life opportunities than what is possible today.
We believe in the possibility of transformational change in Senegal. We have faith that each child can excel, grow, and become what he or she wants. Each individual has the capacity to transform oneself and others.
We commit to learn from each other, our partners, and our stakeholders. Through constant learning, we strive to create excellence in outcomes.
We stand up when others give up. We dream and take actions to achieve our dreams. We lead and inspire others to follow. We make the impossible happen.
Founder & CEO
Raby Gueye is the founder and CEO of Teach For Senegal. Originally from Pador, Senegal, Raby has experienced inequity firsthand. At the age of 8, Raby moved to the United States as a refugee, and since then, she has maintained a strong commitment to social justice issues. At Arizona State University, Raby assisted with research on gender violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her role as an English teacher in underserved communities in India allowed her to collaborate with a diverse group of NGOs to help increase the literacy rate. In 2015, she was recruited by Teach For America to join a national corps of recent college graduates and professionals who commit to teaching in urban and rural public schools. As a teacher, Raby prioritized building strong relationships with her students and families to create an environment where all families feel welcomed and included. Raby has a master’s degree in elementary education. Raby is a 2019 Echoing Green Fellow.
Fatima Breanna Diallo is Teach For Senegal’s Development Officer. She is a Senegalese-Ghanaian American whose life’s work centers on the health and education of African women and children across the diaspora. She holds a B.A in Public Health and Gender Studies from Spelman College, and a Masters of Public Health in Health Education from George Washington University. Her early career began in New York at the Council on Foreign Relations as a Franklin Williams Education fellow under the supervision of former U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell. Fatima wrote and published work around Domestic Violence and Childhood Sexual Assault in Africa. She transitioned into international grassroots community health work through non-profits in Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal. Fatima has served as a Program Director for an urban youth program in Atlanta, taught social science, and served as Dean of Students in Brooklyn, NY. Currently, Fatima is on staff at The Senegalese-American Bilingual School in Dakar, Senegal where she is a lecturer and culture leader.
Fatima Breanna Diallo
OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Ndéye Maimouna Diop Diagne currently holds the position of ICT technical advisor at Senegal's Ministry of Telecommunications and ICT. Since 1994, she has been a computer engineer. Diop Diagne serves as one of Senegal's Representatives in ICANN, which is a global multi-stakeholder organization that was created by the U.S. government and its Department of Commerce. She also takes part in the activities of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE). She currently sits as the board chair at Teach For Senegal.
Liz Grossman-Kitoyi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Baobab Consulting, where she runs communications, PR and intercultural programs for some of Africa’s most powerful leaders in politics, development, education, and business, as well as their American counterparts.
Papa Massamba Sall is the Chief Operating Officer of Citibank Senegal. Sall has over 25 years of experience in the field of investment banking, both in Europe and in Africa.