Dignity For All: Celebrating 30 years!

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Dignity For All: Celebrating 30 years!

All what you need to know on Tostan’s 30 years of


Booklets on COVID-19

Informational Booklets available in 15 languages

Walk On My Own

Walk on My Own is Ndeye Fatou Fall’s story of her community’s social transformation

and what it means for her generation. Gather friends and watch it today!

Empowering Communities

to lead their own development

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


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



Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities forms the foundation for learning



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



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

Ndéye Fatou’s Story: Walk On My Own

In Walk On My Own, 13-year-old Ndeye Fatou Fall tells the story of her community in Senegal and the social transformation they have sparked to end harmful practices and ensure education, self-determination and wellbeing for girls and women.

News and Stories

#Tostan30: Rose Diop for community well-being

#Tostan30: Rose Diop for community well-being

Rose Diop is the actual National Coordinator of Tostan in Senegal. Her story with Tostan starts in 1997 and over time much has changed given all the learnings from the NGO's work in the field. Today, Rose is sharing with you a special memory from her years working at...

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Leadership Transition: Partnering for Success

Leadership Transition: Partnering for Success

Molly Melching (Tostan's Founder) and Elena Bonometti (Tostan's CEO) are featured in a webinar hosted by Ashoka's Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs titled "'Don’t stop me now:' What’s it like taking over from the founder." They are talking about their experience...

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#Tostan30: Mah Cissé’s extraordinary success

#Tostan30: Mah Cissé’s extraordinary success

The 30th anniversary of Tostan is an opportunity to honor Kadidia Sounfountera known as Mah Cissé, Coordinator of the Community Management Committee of Yirimadio in Mali. Discover her exclusive interview here!   What is your relationship with Tostan? "I was a...

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