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

Health

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:

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HUMAN RIGHTS BASED

Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities is the foundation for learning

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RESPECTFUL & INCLUSIVE

Information is shared in a non-judgmental way

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HOLISTIC & SUSTAINABLE

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

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Organization Overview Tostan is an international nonprofit organization currently working in six African countries and headquartered in Dakar, Senegal. Our vision is “Dignity for all.” Our mission is to empower African communities to bring about sustainable...

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Pictured here, residents of Jimara and Kontara, in Basse, The Gambia, gather around two women who were elected to be National Councilors (centered). They had previously completed Tostan's Community Empowerment Program and flexed their leadership skills serving on Community Management Committees.
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