Tostan, an NGO established in 1991 and headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, works to empower rural and remote African communities to bring about positive social transformation and sustainable development through a holistic empowering education program. Our human rights-based program has reached more than five million people across eight African countries.
women have been selected for 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, nonformal education program puts rural communities in charge of their own futures. We support our partner communities to define and fulfill their own vision for well-being, 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 areas, with sustainability at its core
Sharing our Model
Tostan seeks to respond to ever-increasing demand for its model from a range of local and international partners by providing training and support. Through programs organized at the Tostan Training Center (TTC) in Thiès, Senegal, the organization offers training and support to traditional and religious leaders, local activists, government representatives, and NGO leaders.
News and Stories
[GAMBIA] Public Declaration to Abandon Female Genital Cutting and Child Marriage in Kuntaur Fula Kunda
Congratulations to the 72 communities who gathered in Kuntaur Fula Kunda, Central River Region in Gambia, this week to publicly declare their decision to abandon female genital cutting (FGC) and child marriage.
Interview with Edrisa Keita, National Coordinator, Tostan Gambia Good leadership takes many forms. Community-led development for improved well-being requires committed leaders at many different levels, including across the Tostan team. Edrisa Keita, National...
Community leaders representing 50 communities in the District of Vélingara Ferlo, Senegal, gathered to announce their collective decision to abandon the practices of Female Genital Cutting and Child Marriage.