Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than three million people, resulting in:

Women’s Empowerment

women have been selected into leadership positions in their communities

Health

people live in communities that publicly declared an end to female genital cuting

Child Marriage

communities that have publicly declared 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 help communities develop their own vision for development using an approach that is:

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HUMAN RIGHTS BASED

Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities is the foundation for learning

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RESPECTFUL & INCLUSIVE

Information is shared in a non-judgmental way

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HOLISTIC & SUSTAINABLE

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

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Q&A with Tostan’s new CEO, Elena Bonometti

What is your background?  I am an Italian national. I left Italy when I was 22 to get my Master's from the Science Po graduate school in Paris. I had always been interested in the world outside of Italy and I seized any possible opportunity to meet people from...

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A great honor today! Tostan's @Dame Gueye receiving a proclamation from Mayor Nicole LaChapelle for his work in Africa and also for his betterment of the city. Dame is finishing an important two month mission to the USA - to learn English, but he impressed many new people with the story of Tostan along the way! More proof that we are all together in the interest of Dignity for All and human rights! Ñio Farr! ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago

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Tostan can now publicly announce that the USAID UNAAM KAYRAAY (Engaging Civil Society for Peace in the Casamance) project was officially launched in Ziguinchor (Southern Senegal) with PartnersGlobal on May 12th, 2018!
The project aims to mobilize communities towards peaceful negotiations of conflicts. It will be implemented in 40 communities (30 in Senegal and 10 in The Gambia) from May 2018 to November 2019.
Thank you to PartnersGlobal (lead partner), the Platform of women for Peace in Casamance (PFPC), and Partners West Africa PWA. And special thanks to
USAID - US Agency for International Development who funded us through PartnersGlobal as lead grantee.

Nous pouvons maintenant annoncer publiquement le lancement du programme USAID UNAAM KAYRAAY (Paix et Sécurité) à Ziguinchor en Casamance en collaboration avec PartnersGlobal le 12 Mai, 2018 !
L’objectif du projet est d'engager la société civile pour assurer la paix en Casamance. Celui-ci sera implémenté dans 40 communautés (30 au Sénégal et 10 en Gambie) de Mai 2018 à Novembre 2019.
Nos remerciements à PartnersGlobal (notre principal partenaire), la Plateforme des femmes pour la paix en Casamance (PFPC) et Partners West Africa PWA . Nous tenons également à remercier USAID - US Agency for International Development qui a financé ce projet via PartnersGlobal comme bénéficiaires principaux.

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À Tostan nous célébrons avec vous et vos familles le premier jour du Ramadan. C'est un moment de recueillement et de paix et nous penserons à votre voyage intérieur durant cette période.

At Tostan we celebrate the first day of Ramadan with you and your families. It is a moment of contemplation and peace and we will think of you during your internal journey.

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SÉNÉGAL: Le 13 mai 2018 ce sont 50 villages (dont 15 ont complété le Programme de Renforcement des Capacités Communautaires de Tostan) dans les communautés du Dandé Mayo et du Diéri qui se sont engagés à abandonner l’excision et le mariage des enfants. Tostan en collaboration avec UNICEF Sénégal, Orchid Project et UNFPA West and Central Africa, UNFPA Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre a assisté avec fierté à cet événement historique. | SENEGAL: On may 13th 2018, 50 villages (15 of which have completed the Tostan Community Empowerment Program) from the Dandé Mayo and Diéri communities pledged to abandon excision and child marriage. The Tostan team in collaboration with UNICEF Sénégal, Orchid Project AND UNFPA West and Central Africa, UNFPA Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre, proudly attended this historic event.SÉNÉGAL: Le 13 mai 2018 ce sont 50 villages (dont 15 ont complété le Programme de Renforcement des Capacités Communautaires de Tostan) dans les communautés du Dandé Mayo et du Diéri qui se sont engagés à abandonner l’excision et le mariage des enfants. Tostan en collaboration avec UNICEF Sénégal, Orchid Project et UNFPA West and Central Africa, UNFPA Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre a assisté avec fierté à cet événement historique. | SENEGAL: On may 13th 2018, 50 villages (15 of which have completed the Tostan Community Empowerment Program) from the Dandé Mayo and Diéri communities pledged to abandon excision and child marriage. The Tostan team in collaboration with UNICEF Sénégal, Orchid Project AND UNFPA West and Central Africa, UNFPA Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre, proudly attended this historic event. ... See MoreSee Less

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