Booklets on COVID-19

Informational Booklets available in 15 languages

Walk On My Own

Walk on My Own is Ndeye Fatou Fall’s story of her community’s social transformation

and what it means for her generation. Gather friends and watch it today!

Empowering Communities

to lead their own development

Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than five million people across eight African countries.

Women’s Empowerment

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

Child Marriage

communities have publicly declared that their daughters will not marry before the age of 18

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:



Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities forms the foundation for learning



Information is shared in a non-judgmental and participatory way, using local languages



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

#Tostan30: Will Radke and the great story of Tostan dinners

#Tostan30: Will Radke and the great story of Tostan dinners

  Will Radke is a long-time supporter and one of the originators of Tostan's partnership with Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He is currently a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. Discover his full story with us!   What is your Tostan story?  I went to...

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#Tostan30: Mustaafa Njaay and his letter to Molly

#Tostan30: Mustaafa Njaay and his letter to Molly

"You created Tostan and what you may not know today is that Tostan is like electricity--there is a place where it has started, but you will never know where it will end."     Village Chief, Alaaji Mustaafa Njaay, in a letter to Molly Melching that he left to be...

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