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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: Edrisa, a proud coordinator in The Gambia

#Tostan30: Edrisa, a proud coordinator in The Gambia

"As Tostan, our great organisation is celebrating its 30 years on existence, I join my colleagues in other countries on behalf of the Gambian staff, partner communities and institutions we are working with for the past 15 years. I am very fortunate to meet and work...

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#Tostan30: Fanta Diarra, President of rural women

#Tostan30: Fanta Diarra, President of rural women

A story from Fanta Diarra, Mali   What is your link with Tostan? I am the president of the rural women of Dioila and I was a participant at the Tostan Training Center (TTC) during the seminar on the promotion of community well-being. I am very supportive of the...

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#Tostan30: A Breakthrough Book Club

#Tostan30: A Breakthrough Book Club

  This story has been created in the framework of Tostan’s 30th Anniversary. 30 stories will be published in 2021, celebrating the amazing Tostan’s Family. This is a way for us to honor communities and local leaders as well as our teams, partners, networks,...

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