Lively Minds: Empowering Rural Communities to Help their Children Thrive

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Lively Minds

Lively Minds, IFS, and the Education Commission plan to scale a proven, low-cost, community-run program to improve early childhood care and education for two million rural preschoolers.

Last Updated: October 2022
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Early childhood education
Current Work Location(s):
  • Ghana
  • Uganda
  • Ghana
Priority Population(s):
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Rural Families
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 4. Quality education
  • 5. Gender equality

Executive Summary

There is an urgent global need to improve early childhood care and education in hard-to-reach, rural communities. Lively Minds has developed a scalable model in Ghana & Uganda, where parents in rural communities are trained to run free educational Play Schemes for their communities. Parents teach preschoolers using locally-made games and following a structured curriculum proven to improve learning, well-being and hygiene. Parents are also given monthly parenting workshops and weekly local-language radio broadcasts that teach them simple, cost-free ways to provide better care for their children at home.

The program is sustainable, as parents are trained by government using existing systems, resources and infrastructure. Robust evaluation has shown that this model significantly improves child cognition, language, socio-emotional skills, health, and parenting practices, and also has wide benefits for the mothers and government implementers.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Lively Minds

Organization Headquarters
United Kingdom
Organization ID
Number of Full-time Employees
51 to 100
Annual Operating Budget
$1.0 to 5 Million

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