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
There has perhaps not been a more influential person in Tostan's history than Baay Demba Diawara. An Imam and the Chief of Keur Simbara, Baay Demba, like generations before him, believed that a girl who had not been through the practice of Female...
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...
"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...