For a long time now, the geographical breaking-up of francophone areas and the huge socio-economic disparities between their members have been considered insurmountable obstacles to developing long-lasting and competitive economic trade.
The youth of Senegal have been busting out beats since the '80s. Today, they're influencing the rest of the African continent. Hip hop here is more of a cultural movement covering the social and political life in Senegal (kind of the way New York originally intended it to be).
Working in this space between theory and practice trains students -- and citizens -- to ask better questions about what government is doing, what it can do, and how students can themselves become responsible agents of change.