Tostan Training Center (TTC)


Next sessions

French sessions: November 9-18

English sessions: December 7-16




Or write to Birima Fall ( if you have any questions or inquiries. You can also reach the TTC at +221 77 198 47 95.




About the TTC

At the Tostan Training Center (TTC), Tostan hosts international training courses in English and French on its human rights-based approach to community-led development. Our education model has been consistently developed and updated in response to feedback from thousands of communities in West and East Africa over the past 30 years. Recognizing its proven positive effects for community-led development, an increasing number of community activists, members of local, national and international organizations and governments, as well as representatives from academia and the media expressed an interest in further information and training on the Tostan model. We developed a unique 10-day training that uses a participatory, learner-centered approach, drawing its strength from trainers with extensive experience implementing the Tostan Community Empowerment Program in rural Africa. Our training serves individuals and groups who share a commitment to human dignity, transformative learning, holistic empowerment, and collective action.



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.


Essential Information

*Scholarships are available for representatives of small to medium-sized organizations with limited resources, generally from a developing country.


Course Content

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.


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


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.” — Jennifer Artibello, One Village Partners, Sierra Leone

“The training was a great experience, a rare and critical opportunity to reflect and focus on doing community led empowerment programming authentically.” – Participant of the April 2018 Tostan Training Course in English

 “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!”  – Hoda Ali, Participant of the March 2019 Tostan Training from Somalia.