Tostan Training Center (TTC)
About the TTC
Over the years, Tostan has received requests from individuals, community activists, organizations, philanthropists, and government officials to share its proven model for community-led development. In 2000, we first launched the Tostan Training Center (TTC) in Thies, Senegal and began creating programs for training and sharing learning. In 2015, Tostan launched a revised and expanded program to support other partners and organizations to learn and apply its community, human rights-based approach and principles through a unique 10-day training course that uses a participatory, learner-centered approach. Our training serves individuals and groups who share a commitment to human dignity, transformative learning, holistic empowerment, and collective action. As of the end of 2021, Tostan had welcomed a total of 768 participants from 49 countries across four continents to the participatory seminars at the TTC.
What to Expect
The Tostan 10-day course, “Promoting Community Wellbeing”, provides a comprehensive overview of Tostan’s non-formal, human rights-based education program which has been implemented in thousands of rural communities in West and East Africa over the past 30 years.
As a participant in the course you will
Be introduced to an overview of Tostan’s unique model
Connect Tostan practices to relevant development theories, including social norm theory
Experience key Tostan classes and visit at least two villages that have participated in the Tostan Community Empowerment Program (CEP)
Explore monitoring & evaluation practices for a holistic, integrated program
Interact and learn from other development activists
“Promoting Community Well-being”
10 full days
(arrive the day before,
depart the day after)
(including course materials, room + board, two field visits, day-off excursion to Gorée Island, transfer to/from Dakar airport)*
*Scholarships are available for representatives of small to medium-sized organizations with limited resources, generally from a developing country.
The Tostan course runs for 10 full days and includes: participatory activities, group work, presentations and discussions on theoretical and practical content, village visits for exchanges with community leaders.
Tostan Program Content
- Introduction to the Tostan Community Empowerment Program (CEP)
- Individual sessions from the CEP curriculum
- Tostan’s Theory of Change
- The Theory of Wellbeing
- Understanding Social Norms
- The Capacity to Aspire
- Participatory activities
- African cultural methods of learning: song, dance, theater, poetry
- Monitoring & evaluation
- Communication strategies that take into account an understanding of social norms
Interaction with Community Participants
- Two field visits to Tostan partner communities
- Roundtable with representativews of Community Management Committees (CMC)
- Q&A with Social Mobilization Agents
Profile of Course Participants
We welcome a maximum of 22 participants, including:
- Individuals occupying a leadership position at organizational or programmatic level at a NGO (non-governmental organization)
- Trainers/teachers/influential leaders who are engaged in social and international development projects
- Officials from government agencies in charge of local development programs
- Representatives from foundations or multilateral organizations which invest in community development.
We encourage two people per organization to apply, but we ask that you coordinate within your organization to ensure that the two best placed individuals submit an application.
For More Information
If you have additional questions about the training, or if you are interested in renting a space at the Tostan Training Center (as a development organization or group) please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What the Participants Said About the Training Course
“One of the most amazing things about this training was bringing together all these amazing individuals from a variety of backgrounds, with a variety of experience and being able to interact with everyone, and share each other’s knowledge and be able to learn from each other.”
“The training was a great experience, a rare and critical opportunity to reflect and focus on doing community led empowerment programming authentically.”
“The feeling I had in Keur Simbara was beyond my imagination, I never knew that one day I will visit and experience a community of wellbeing where FGC was abandoned and the girls are proud to be part of the generation free from FGC and child marriage. The Tostan effect is the best inspiration ever!”
“This training has awakened greatness within me. I realized that when a mind is stretched by a new experience, it can never go back to its old way of thinking. We are now ready to apply the different aspects of the Tostan model in our community work in Sierra Leone.”
“The most important takeaway from this seminar is that it helped me to move away from being an introvert to an extrovert. This has boosted my confidence and changed the way I perceive things.”