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.
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