Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than five million people across eight African countries.
women have been selected into leadership positions in their communities, with many running for public office
people live in communities that publicly declared their intention to end female genital cutting
The Tostan Model
Our three-year, non-formal education program puts rural communities in charge of their own futures. We support our partner communities to define and fulfill their own vision for wellbeing, allowing them to create positive and lasting social transformation. Our approach is:
HUMAN RIGHTS BASED
Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities forms the foundation for learning
RESPECTFUL & INCLUSIVE
Information is shared in a non-judgmental and participatory way, using local languages
HOLISTIC & SUSTAINABLE
The program has impact across multiple issues, with sustainability at its core
Ndéye Fatou’s Story: Walk On My Own
In Walk On My Own, 13-year-old Ndeye Fatou Fall tells the story of her community in Senegal and the social transformation they have sparked to end harmful practices and ensure education, self-determination and wellbeing for girls and women.
News and Stories
https://youtu.be/d8km3OK7nzk Mark, Lisa and Isabelle Wheeler have been involved with Tostan since 2009. After meeting Molly Melching, Tostan's Founder, Mark and Lisa were thrilled by the way Tostan is working with communities, especially women. They transmitted...
https://youtu.be/bjZdiBjAX9I Mohamed El Kébir Basse remembers clearly the day Molly Melching came back from the United States with the official papers from Tostan's creation. They drove from Thiès to Same Ndiaye in #Senegal, stopping to dance every 300 meters...
As part of the implementation of the project "When she leads everyone succeeds" (in partnership with Global Affairs Canada), a major mission has been planned for the period of April 14 to May 10, 2021 in the regions of Tambacounda and Kédougou. The objectives of this...