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Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than three million people, resulting in:
women have been selected into leadership positions in their communities
people live in communities that publicly declared an end to female genital cutting
communities that have publicly declared their daughters will not marry before they are 18
people, mostly women, have improved their reading skills thanks to our innovative training on mobile phones
villages have established their own community funds that help people save, invest, and grow
people have learned about democracy and how to make decision-making equitable

The Tostan Model

Our three-year nonformal education program puts rural communities in charge of their own futures. We help communities develop their own vision for development using an approach that is:

Human Rights-Based

Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities is the foundation for learning

Respectful & Inclusive

Information is shared in a non-judgmental way

Holistic & Sustainable

Program covers five key impact areas and has sustainability at its core

Where We Work

We partner with communities in six countries in Africa.

What’s New


Ensuring Support for Children Orphaned by Ebola in Guinea

The village of Banfélé is located about 10 kilometers outside of the urban municipality of Faranah in Guinea. It is in this small village of four households where eight-year-old Karamo Keïta lives. He comes from a family of three children, all of whom are boys. Like many other Guinean communities, Banfélé suffered greatly because of Ebola. Out of the four households, the disease affected three--including Karamo’s. 

Press Release: Tostan and former president Bill Clinton to be awarded the seventh biennial Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights


Washington, DC 1 September 2015 — Tostan, along with former president Bill Clinton, will be awarded the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut next month. The award is given biennially by UConn’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center for human rights to recognize a significant effort to advance international justice and human rights around the world.

Fostering partnerships to enhance knowledge-sharing at the Tostan Training Center

Our March 2015 pilot training is not over yet! 

Workshops at the Tostan Training Center (TTC) are proving to be useful platforms for interactive knowledge sharing, where participants and facilitators can learn from each other, and then bring their learning back to their respective organizations. 


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