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

Health

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 fulfil their own vision for wellbeing, allowing them to create positive and lasting social transformation. Our approach is:

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HUMAN RIGHTS BASED

Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities forms the foundation for learning

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RESPECTFUL & INCLUSIVE

Information is shared in a non-judgmental and participatory way, using local languages

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HOLISTIC & SUSTAINABLE

The program has impact across multiple issues, with sustainability at its core

Meet the New Leaders of the Breakthrough Generation

Watch and listen as a new generation of young women and girls talk about the impact of Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program on their lives and communities.  These young women now feel empowered to  speak and build their future with confidence; they are a generation of new leaders in full bloom.

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