Sunu Thiossane (pronounced Soo-noo Cho-Sahn) was founded in 2011. As an arts and academic enrichment youth development agency based in Dakar, Senegal, our mission is to provide high caliber arts training to young people across and within various disciplines while providing the necessary tools to build community awareness and empowerment. Sunu Thiossane envisions a world where all young folks have equitable access to the arts.

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As an organization, we cater specifically to the demographic and ethnic backgrounds of our participants. Our program has been around for 8 years now and we are constantly using development techniques to provide skillsets to our youth. We use our diverse staff, artists, educators, administrators and social workers, to facilitate an inspiring cultural arts program to the inner city youth of Dakar. Our purpose is to empower our participants to embrace their own culture through the arts and science. Only then, will they be able to refine their skills and to benefit their community nationally and internationally. Every year Sunu Thiossane uses a theme that explores issues that affect Senegalese youth and youth of the African Diaspora through the arts. The theme is used throughout the spring and summer camp in educational and arts based classes. We are fortunate enough to be invited to facilitate another year of a unique spring & summer cohort hosted by multiple schools and academic institutions, both in Senegal and the United States. This year, we have the privilege of having a cultural program exchange with Arts Exchange in Kansas and Virginia Tech in Virginia. The success of these fundraising activities will go towards the Sunu Thiossane's staff and youth airfare tickets, art supplies, costumes, general program costs, as well as room and board. Will you assist in making this opportunity come to life? Donate Now!

Where the Arts & Education Meet

We serve young folks, ranging from the age of 4 to 18, and families from a variety of geographical and cultural backgrounds. While we are based in Dakar, we serve participants from Africa and the African diaspora, as well as, immigrant families from the middle east and Europe. We strive to build diverse and inclusive spaces, and foster a desire to engage in creative and academic spaces.

A Brief History…

Sunu Thiossane was once an idea. Now it is an international agency that has provided services to over 400 students in the span of seven years.


Watch our Summer 2018 Showcase

Jaang Jaariñu means “the value of education” in Wolof. Our theatre production focused on the difficulties and solutions of higher education in Senegal. Please click on the links below to watch. 

Part 1

Part 2

Have you registered your child yet?

The Spring 2019 cohort will begin 7 January 2019. Please look at our school partnerships below. We are also accepting applications for Summer 2019. Register as soon as you can; our camp slots fill out quickly! 

School Partnerships in Senegal and the United States

We are grateful to continue building and establishing new relationships with schools that value education and the arts.


Source: ArtsTech

ArtsTech’s mission is to better the lives of underserved urban youth through the development of marketable artistic and technical skills. ArtsTech accomplishes this by operating a center for youth enterprise that provides hands-on training and experience in visual arts, graphic design, photography, ceramics, silk-screening, and computers; and building and managing collaborative partnerships that use art and technology as educational tools for the benefit of youth in the community.

Enko Waca International School

Source: Enko Waca International

Enko Education is a fast-growing network of African international schools, increasing access to the world’s best universities for learners across Africa.

Enko Education has developed an innovative model. Their programs lead to globally recognized and sought after qualifications. They are able to offer those at a fraction of the cost charged by other international schools in Africa. Furthermore, Enko learners are supported in their higher education applications through their university guidance program. It supports them in selecting the right universities and then securing both admission and financing for their studies. They offer an outstanding learning experience striving to educate our learners with Africa at heart and the world in mind.

International School of Dakar

Source: International School of Dakar

The International School of Dakar is guided by their strategic plan which calls upon their to challenge, create, and change, their students, their school, and ourselves.  ISD is an independent, co-educational day school offering an enriched international educational program to reflect the diverse international background of the student body and the faculty. Classes are offered for PK-3 through Grade 12. The school year extends from mid-August to mid-June. Their ultimate goal is to develop successful learners who have the courage to tackle complex problems and be of service to others. 

Senegalese American Bilingual School

Source: Senegalese American Bilingual School

SABS is an international academic family of students, teachers and staff from Senegal, America and over thirty-five different nationalities. Their ambition as a model institution is to shape tomorrow’s leaders by offering Senegalese-American children and those of the international community the chance to grow and evolve together to forge a positive image of Africa. Through innovative programs and a respect for the learning styles and rhythms unique to each individual, they offer a rigorous curriculum focused on bilingualism and preparation for future responsibilities and challenges, locally and internationally.

SOS Villlage Des Enfants

Source: SOS Village

SOS Village Des Enfants mission is to take care of children. Their vocation is to safeguard fraternal bonds, which, after separation from parents, are fundamental to the evolution of each child. In doing so, they always make sure that the family experience makes it possible to keep siblings under the same roof and does not present any risk for one or more of the children.The association is committed to providing young people, after their release, educational and material support. This assistance is subject to a personal project and a request expressed by them. At the same time, the association is implementing means of helping SOS mothers to continue to receive, without limit of duration, the children they have raised and the family that they have founded, thereby ensuring continuity. emotional and relational.

Virginia Tech

Source: Virginia Tech

Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, trans-disciplinary approach to preparing students to be leaders and problem-solvers. The university fulfills its role as a land-grant institution by fostering a collaborative environment that integrates technology into all disciplines, so that the Virginia Tech community can serve as a force for positive change around the commonwealth, the country, and the world. In 2019, Sunu Thiossane will be partnering with Virgina Tech for a summer cultural exchange program.

Originally from New York, Mame Diarra Diop is a Senegalese -African American raised in both Senegal and New York. She received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at the City University of New York and her MA in Arts Administration at Baruch College (CUNY).  Her education and experience have given her the opportunity to speak at the United Nations, work with various NGOs in Senegal and the US. Most importantly, Mamedjarra values the significance of giving back to her community but also giving validation to the youth on both continents as a tool for self-worth. Her passion is to empower youth to make better life choices through education, culture and the arts and, to also be an example of achievement and pride among African people.     

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