Born and raised in west Africa between Senegal and Mali, Coumba Toure is an educator, change-maker, and artist. She writes and publishes children's materials books, films, toys through Sogo Ba, using them to build a community that supports young people in creating their own learning tools and social change projects. Sparking imagination and strengthening citizenship in children is linked to a broader effort to enable young adults to contribute to decision-making and problem-solving in society.
Coumba focuses on popular education and material production as a means to spread social justice, and has been instrumental in facilitating hundreds of educational workshops worldwide on gender, race, economic justice, AIDS and advocacy. In her work, she has partnered with diverse organizations: Institute for Popular Education in Kati, Mali; African Consultants International in Dakar, Senegal; The 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement Selma, Alabama; and Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) in Soquel, California. Coumba speaks regularly at universities and conferences and contributes as a Board member to several citizen organizations. The urgent Action Fund for women.
She is currently the Ashoka representative in the Sahel West Africa, where she is searching, supporting and networking social entrepreneurs. She is contributing to Ashoka's vision of everyone as a changemaker.