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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 fulfil 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

Meet the New Leaders of the Breakthrough Generation

Religious Leaders at the Forefront of Social Transformation

Since 1991, Tostan has engaged local religious leaders in supporting communities’ efforts to end violence against girls and women and create a new vision for wellbeing. These partnerships are one of many strategies in a deep and growing movement leading to positive social transformation in thousands of African communities.


News and Stories

Peace and Security project in The Gambia: Mamadou’s Story

Since May 2018, Tostan has been implementing the Peace and Security Project in 40 communities in the border zone covering The Gambia, southern Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. These 40 communities have previously taken part in the Community Empowerment Program. This project...

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Did you know that, to date, the Tostan program has been led by local facilitators in 22 languages across 8 African countries?

This includes: Wolof, Serrer, Fulani, Soninké, Mandinka, Diola, Sousous, Malinké, Pulaar, Kissi, Guerze, Creole, Bambara, Hassaniya, Serehule, Bamanankan, Somali, Afar, and also French, English, and Arabic.

This International Mother Language Day, join us in celebrating local languages and cultures! Tell us, what is your mother tongue?

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Saviez-vous? A ce jour, le programme Tostan a été offert dans 22 langues dans 8 pays africains ?

Cela comprend : créole, pulaar, soussou, malinké, kissi, guerzé, bamanankan, hassaniya, wolof, sérère, soninké, mandingue, diola, sarakholé, somali, afar, ainsi que français, anglais et arabe.

En cette Journée internationale de la langue maternelle, célébrons les langues et les cultures locales ! Dites-nous, quelle est votre langue maternelle ?

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What a great first week at the Tostan Training Center, with participants from the Omo Valley in Ethiopia! Here, our participants from the Omo Valley ethnic groups Kara, Bana and Hamer share dancing with Senegalese staff. ... See MoreSee Less

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Today marks the end of week one of the Tostan Training Center (TTC) seminar "Promoting Community Wellbeing" for Omo Child staff, influential community leaders, and two government representatives from the Omo Valley in Ethiopia.

What an experience this week has been for the participants as well as the TTC staff! We have shared positive cultural practices, the participants' vision for the future of Omo Valley communities, the importance of human rights and responsibilities, and discussions related to ending harmful social norms they identified.

Yesterday, the participants visited Gorée Island near Dakar and were invited to the Ethiopian Embassy to share positive traditions from one of the most unique places in the world - the Omo Valley.

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Join our team in Dakar, Senegal!
Tostan is hiring a Qualitative Data Analyst in the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning department. Apply by March 15th, 2019.
Rejoignez notre équipe à Dakar, au Sénégal !
Tostan cherche un.e analyste de données qualitatives dans le département de suivi, évaluation, recherche et apprentissage. Postulez d'ici le 15 mars 2019.
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