Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than five million people across eight African countries.
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
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:
HUMAN RIGHTS BASED
Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities forms the foundation for learning
RESPECTFUL & INCLUSIVE
Information is shared in a non-judgmental and participatory way, using local languages
HOLISTIC & SUSTAINABLE
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
Tostan CEO Elena Bonometti hosted a conversation with Faustina Fynn-Nyame and Dr. Rebecka Lundgren. Faustina Fynn-Nyame is the Executive Director for Africa and Sector lead for Child Health and Development, at The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Dr....
CONAKRY - Guinea experienced its first imported case of COVID 19 on March 12, 2020 and total cases number 4,372 as of this writing. Guinea’s first case was declared in the midst of political unrest due to a legislative election and a referendum ballot for the adoption...
BYKids Walk On My Own documentary won the Gender Equity Prize 2020, from the Prix Jeunesse International. Told through the perspective of then 13-year-old Ndèye Fatou Fall, who directed the short film, Walk on My Own recounts how her life has been affected by profound...