Lively Minds is a small international development charity. We're improving the quality of life for deprived children and their families in rural Ghana and Uganda through our low-cost early years education programmes that are run by the communities themselves.
We're a small but fast-growing charity changing the lives of children and their
families living in extreme poverty in deprived rural communities in Ghana & Uganda through early years education programmes. We believe that the only way these children can break out
of the cycle of poverty is if they receive quality early childhood care. This
is because reaching children in their early years has been proven to lay the
foundations for their physical, social, intellectual and linguistic
development, giving them a good start in life and better future prospects. But children in our target communities do not
get adequate early years opportunities. We address this need through two
programmes which we replicate in new communities over and over again:
Play Centres – we provide
communities with locally made games and we train mothers to run educational
Play Centres for their children. This allows young children to learn vital
skills through play and at the same time it builds the confidence, teamworking
and parenting skills of the mothers.
Reading Schemes – We provide primary
schools with a collection of children’s books – resources which they otherwise
would not have. We train all students in upper primary school to read the books
aloud in an interactive way, translating into the local language and using
pictures. These “Readers” then run weekly reading sessions for all the children
in lower primary school. In this way we improve the literacy, imagination
comprehension and communication skills of primary children and promote a
culture of reading in the school.
Both these programmes empower
communities to take action to improve the lives of their children in a cost-effective
and sustainable way.
Since we started in
2008 we have set up our projects in over 60 communities reaching over 15,000 children.