Getting pre-schoolers in Ghana and Uganda school-ready

Working through government, the Lively Minds programme builds the skills and confidence of marginalised mothers to run educational Play Schemes, and provide nurturing care for their children 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 Lively Minds 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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Ghana NGO: DSW 6759

Uganda NGO: 13025


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