Senegal: School for Beggars

Channel 4: Unreported World

Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Simon Phillips film in Senegal to investigate the systematic abuse and exploitation of thousands of children in the West African country's Islamic schools.


Rhodes discovers many students are forced to beg for money to support the schools and their teachers - with beatings meted out to those who fail to hit targets. Starting in Dakar, he meets victims, journalists and social workers who blame the power of the religious elite and the breakdown of traditions.


'Terrifyingly harsh childhoods…'
- Observer


‘Another shocking story from the global margins..” ’
- Sunday Telegraph
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