Lively Minds

Lively Minds works to get pre-schoolers in rural Ghana and Uganda school-ready.


Working through government our programme builds the skills and confidence of marginalised mothers to run educational Play Schemes, and provide nurturing care at home. This improves the quality of life and life-chances for children, whilst empowering parents and communities.

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Understand more about our unique programme, how it works and why we do what we do...

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Find out more about the carefully designed structure and pedagogy of the Play Schemes...


Read about our results and impact on the school readiness of pre-school children...

The programme

"The Lively Minds programme is an effective and potentially scalable way to improve children’s’ cognitive and socio-emotional development and health, which constitute critical components of school readiness. The positive effects on cognitive development are particularly strong for children living in the most socio-economically deprived households".


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In partnership with

We are lucky enough to partner with some of the world's most visionary organisations. Some of our larger donors are shown below. For a further list of the individuals and organisations who have helped on our journey click here.

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