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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Q&A with Tostan’s new CEO, Elena Bonometti

What is your background?  I am an Italian national. I left Italy when I was 22 to get my Master's from the Science Po graduate school in Paris. I had always been interested in the world outside of Italy and I seized any possible opportunity to meet people from...

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GRANTS – Project Officer

Organization Overview Tostan is a US 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in Senegal in 1991 in order to educate and empower Africans who have had little or no access to formal schooling. Tostan’s community-led program, the Community Empowerment Program (CEP), has...

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This week, Tostan began an exciting new chapter. In events in New York City and San Francisco, our Founder and Creative Director, Molly Melching, passed the torch to new CEO, Elena Bonometti. Both events were packed with supporters who were enthusiastic about Tostan's bright future. ... See MoreSee Less

This week, Tostan began an exciting new chapter. In events in New York City and San Francisco, our Founder and Creative Director, @[628404450:2048:Molly Melching], passed the torch to new CEO, Elena B...

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