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
Congratulation to Tostan Mali 248 communities abandoned Female Genital Cutting during a public declaration on Sunday, December 27, 2020, in the villages of Farakoro and Kèrèla. They were accompanied by the National Coordinator of Tostan, Representatives of the...
Tostan is happy to offer open-source access to two informational booklets on the Coronavirus, developed at the outset of the pandemic in collaboration with our partner communities and internationally recognized health experts. They address the realities...
Tostan was so pleased to be asked to share with the Blue Marble Evaluation community on November 23 for the webinar “Igniting and Sustaining Community-led Transformation: Tostan’s Proven Approach.” Our team really enjoyed the discussion we had! As there were some very...