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
Seydou Yatassaye is the Mayor of Bala, a village in Guinea. He participated in July 2021 in Tostan’s Seminar on Promoting Well-being at the Tostan Training Center in Thies. As a mayor, he liked learning about roles and responsabilities of the municipal council...
https://youtu.be/qDGvi4LZuik Aboubacar Sidiki Nabe works with the Secretary of Religious Affairs in the Republic of Guinea. He participated last July in Tostan's Seminar on Promoting Well-being at the Tostan Training Center. He loved learning more about our...