Lively Minds Programme

  • P Project/Program

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

We work to improve the education and care given to pre-school children in highly deprived communities in Ghana and Uganda. We work through local government to train and empower Mothers to provide better care at home and run educational Play Schemes that give young children in their community better life chances Parents are the sleeping giant. In each village, 30-40 mothers are enrolled on a group parenting course. The course is designed to change mindsets, build confidence and teach simple ways to use cost-free resources to improve their parenting and provide better care and education at home.The trained Mothers take it in turns to run educational Play Schemes for all the pre-schoolers in their village. Working to a carefully designed a structure and pedagogy, the children learn by playing in small groups with a variety of home-made educational games No additional workforce or expensive infrastructure is needed, It uses just cheap, local materials, empowering the most uneducated and resource-poor to provide quality learning and care.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana, Uganda

Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


Not applicable or unknown


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation

Partnership with local governments


Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary enrollment


  • Early childhood development

Cross-cutting areas

  • Gender equality

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school), Mothers, Youth


2 - 6

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Pre-school

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community mobilization
  • General awareness-raising/community engagement
  • Mothers' clubs

Life skills education

  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills building

Women's empowerment programs

  • Leadership training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased years of schooling

Cross-cutting goals

  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced poverty/increase household well-being