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Informational Booklets available in 15 languages

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

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 fulfill 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

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

248 communities abandoned FGC in Mali

248 communities abandoned FGC in Mali

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...

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