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
In this rare moment of a shared global experience, questions about how to create an equitable and just future loom large. The coronavirus pandemic and associated disruptions have highlighted the vital importance of empowered communities and local leadership....
Young women from a Tostan partner community attend a public declaration to end harmful practices in Matam, Senegal (2018). Kolda, Senegal — Tostan and the Mastercard Foundation partner to foster economic resilience in rural Senegal. Tostan and the Mastercard...
Scaling Systems Change Local Leadership for Global Transformation Tuesday, September 29 8AM PTD / 11 AM ETD / 3 PM GMT Tostan CEO Elena Bonometti hosts an interactive conversation with Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr Obe of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Her 3-year...
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