Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than five million people across eight African countries.

Women’s Empowerment

women have been selected into leadership positions in their communities, with many running for public office

Health

people live in communities that publicly declared their intention to end female genital cutting

Child Marriage

communities have publicly declared that their daughters will not marry before they are 18

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 fulfil their own vision for wellbeing, allowing them to create positive and lasting social transformation. Our approach is:

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HUMAN RIGHTS BASED

Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities forms the foundation for learning

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RESPECTFUL & INCLUSIVE

Information is shared in a non-judgmental and participatory way, using local languages

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HOLISTIC & SUSTAINABLE

The program has impact across multiple issues, with sustainability at its core

News and Stories

Sleeping Soundly in Support of Tostan

Diane Gillespie is donating all proceeds from her latest book Stories for Getting Back to Sleep to Tostan. As a long-standing Global Mobilizer, she is especially moved by the emerging women leaders in Tostan communities and by their commitment to a human rights...

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Stories of success from the Prison Project, 2018

Living conditions in Senegal’s state prisons are often very difficult: Access to water, toilets and medical services is limited, whilst living and recreation spaces are inadequate. Organized rehabilitation activities for prisoners are rare, increasing the likelihood...

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This #ThrowbackThursday, watch Maoundé and her father Mamoudou tell their story of 'waylowaylo' - or 'change' in the Pulaar language - through Tostan's program.

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#TBT #SocialChange #TostanIgniteThis film, Waylowaylo, was produced by local Tostan staff and community members following a participant-led filmmaking training by the NGO Venice Arts, suppo...
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'Waylowaylo' désigne 'changement' dans la langue pulaar.

Regardez les témoignages de 'waylowaylo' de Maoudé et son père Mamoudou, datant de 2013. youtu.be/em7scRKIpaU

#ThrowbackThursday #ChangementSocial #TostanIgniteCe film, Waylowaylo, a été produit par le personnel local de Tostan et des membres de la communauté suite à une formation en production de film menée par les...
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Découvrez l'impact du Programme de Renforcement des Capacités Communautaires de Tostan sur une nouvelle génération de jeunes femmes et de filles. Des femmes qui prennent la parole et construisent leur avenir avec confiance; une nouvelle génération de leaders en pleine éclosion. ... See MoreSee Less

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