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
Scaling Systems Change Local Leadership for Global Transformation Tuesday, September 29 8AM PTD / 11 AM ETD / 3 PM GMT Tostan CEO Elena Bonometti hosts an interactive conversation with Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr Obe of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Her 3-year...
Tostan 2019 Annual Report is now available. Our many strong partnerships and solid accomplishments ground us as Tostan continues forward in our mission despite unprecedented challenges. The pandemic and the associated disruptions have highlighted the...
The first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Mali on March 25, 2020. The first step taken by the Government of Mali was the development of a disease prevention and control plan with four main areas: prevention, communication, capacity building and case...
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