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


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:



Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities is the foundation for learning



Information is shared in a non-judgmental way



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

Latest Blog Posts

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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GRANTS – Project Officer

Organization Overview Tostan is a US 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in Senegal in 1991 in order to educate and empower Africans who have had little or no access to formal schooling. Tostan’s community-led program, the Community Empowerment Program (CEP), has...

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It's #WorldChildrensDay! Tostan's grassroots approach empowers communities to lead their own development, and these communities have taken the initiative to enroll thousands of children in school since participating in our program! These kids are the new leaders of the #BreakthroughGeneration and will one day apply what they've learned to lift up their communities and make equitable decisions as leaders. #DignityForAll #TostanIgnite ... See MoreSee Less

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Tostan's Peace and Security Project strengthens peace-building by reinforcing conflict prevention and management skills. Empowering women and girls with these skills cracks open new space for them to become leaders in their communities. This #BreakthroughGeneration of peacemakers has already resolved over 300 conflicts using their training. #WorldPeaceDay #TostanIgnite ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Solar Power! Project trains women in solar electrical engineering and allows them to emerge as leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities. In partnership with Barefoot College, this program is creating meaningful and lasting change in the areas of sustainability, women's empowerment, and the rural economy. #DignityForAll ... See MoreSee Less

We partnered with Tostan to fund purchasing new batteries for 200 families in three rural villages in Senegal. Doussou Konate is a leading solar engineer who was trained at Barefoot College in India....

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