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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

Abandoning Harmful Practices

Tostan’s impact on intersecting issues

2018 Annual Report

Highlights & Achievements

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

Community comes together to support young Hawa’s education

Hawa is a 14-year-old girl from Sare Mamudou, one of the 30 communities undergoing Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program (CEP) in the Gambia. She is an exemplary student who ranked first of her 6th grade class in early 2019. Hawa’s father passed away when she was in...

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“I have seen the importance of Tostan for my village in just three months of activity. The program reinforces peace within families, between people, between women and their husbands.”
- Drissa Sidibé, Village Chief of Tiéssoula, Mali.
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"Knowledge is not only acquired in a formal school setting. We begin to gain knowledge at home. Sometimes people enter communities and use negative language: these are illiterates, under privileged, poor people who cannot learn. We judge the people. Tostan believes that everybody can learn, whether in their own language or in a foreign language, and people usually, when you speak to them in their language, it really touches their heart.
- Abraham Opoku-Baffour, participant in the July training, minister, and Director of the Christian Council of Ghana.
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Le coordinateur national de Tostan Guinée, Mouctar Oulare, démontre l'engagement constant de Tostan pour le développement de la jeunesse, en partageant son expérience professionnelle et son parcours de leadership avec des jeunes entrepreneurs. Pour rappel, Tostan Guinée atteindra 80 autres communautés en 2020 et accompagnera plus de 600 jeunes leaders. #dignitépourtous ... See MoreSee Less

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