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

News and Stories

Annual Report 2017

Our Annual Report for 2017 is now available online, in English. In the report, we are delighted to share with you some highlights of the amazing achievements made by our partner communities in 2017, through the Community Empowerment Program and adapted programs. You...

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Sleeping Soundly in Support of Tostan

Diane Gillespie is donating all proceeds from her latest book Stories for Getting Back to Sleep to Tostan. As a long-standing Global Mobilizer, she is especially moved by the emerging women leaders in Tostan communities and by their commitment to a human rights...

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2 days ago


On International Day of Peace, we're celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. #peaceday #humanrights #StandUpforHumanRights

Tostan's model is to ensure that those who don't know how to read and write learn to understand the power of human rights. We teach in the oral tradition, in local languages, using images, theater and plays.

We're proud of the results: From start to finish, in 150 communities who experienced Tostan's program in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Mauritania over three years:
» The proportion of participants who now know their human rights multiplied by 5 from 13% to 70%.
» There were significant increases in joint decision-making between husband and wife in all four countries.

See how these results led to more human flourishing in communities in the areas of health, education, the environment, and economic empowerment here:
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Back on location! This time we are in Keur Simbara, Thiès region, Senegal. Look forward to our next film to learn more about the impact of local leaders in the movement for human rights.

Encore une journée de tournage! Cette fois-ci nous sommes à Keur Simbara, dans la région de Thiès, au Sénégal. Bientôt notre film va sortir, sur le rôle des guides religieux dans le mouvement pour les droits humains.
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