Episode 07: Babacar Lo and Taag Education work on Reverse engineering what preparing for the realities of the job market in Senegal looks and feels like

Babacar Lo is a serial entrepreneur from Dakar, Senegal. He has also been a university professor level for ten years. There, he realized that people were going to business school for a Master’s Degree, but were not getting traction once entering the job market. He clearly saw that students were not being prepared with the practical skills needed to jump into a new job and hit the ground running.

Students were trained to pass through a process with certain academic requirements, and not being trained with skills they need to succeed in the market.So in 2017, he founded Taag Education, a platform that identifies the hard skills and soft skills needed for specific job positions in Dakar.

Taag has now over 400 job descriptions on the platform. Through a filtered search, the user is able to identify which job positions most align with their interests. They then take a test to see how their current skills match up to those job requirements, and are then directed to the right material and professors, to start filling those knowledge requirements.

Lo participated in the 2020 round of the @afidba, a multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder, international and bilingual programme dedicated to the inclusive, digital and sustainable economic growth in continental Africa, in partnership with @positive planet international. Building a new avenue to #employability in Senegal, Taag helps to reduce poverty and build a more economically and socially sustainable economy in Senegal.

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