Our collaboration with Tostan

Tostan is a three-year nonformal education program that puts rural communities in charge of their own futures.

Tostan helps communities develop their own vision for development using an approach based on the knowledge that human rights and responsibilities is the foundation for learning.

Information is shared in a non-judgmental way and in the local language.

The program covers five key impact areas and has sustainability at its core.

The joint commitment of thousands of villages to abandon harmful traditional practices, such as female genital cutting (FGC) and child/forced marriage has been one of the results of the Tostan program.

Tostan partners with communities to implement the Community Empowerment Program (CEP) in eight African countries – Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal,  and The Gambia.


Tostan Sverige started 2004 as a support group for Tostan International. Around 50 villages have been supported by Swedish means.