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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


Return Tostan Training participants from Ghana lead their colleagues as they inspire and create change

In August, two Tostan training alumni, Asmau Ayub and Mohammed Andani Hussein, returned to the Tostan Training Center (TTC) for an 11-day workshop on Tostan’s human rights-based approach to community-led development, held in collaboration with the Carter Center.


A Q&A with Tostan Training Participant Charles Banda from Youth Net and Counselling (Yoneco), Malawi

Earlier this year, Girls Not Brides sponsored six members from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to learn from Tostan’s community-empowerment programme, particularly about how they had successfully adapted the programme to address child marriage and female genital cutting across West Africa.


A Letter to the Tostan Global Family


In the below letter from the 2015 Annual Report, Tostan's Board Chair Dr. Cheikh Mbacke describes what it was about Tostan that stood out to him, after  over a decade in the field, and why he joined Tostan's efforts to "nourish the most valuable resources we have on the African continent: the minds and spirits of the people who live here."


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