Lively Minds Uganda

Lively Minds works to improve Early Childhood Development in highly deprived rural communities. It does this by building the capacities and transforming the mindsets of parents and teachers, empowering them to provide quality education and care for young children using local materials.
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Lively Minds tackles two major barriers to Early Childhood Care & Education in rural Uganda: lack of pre-primary provision; and poor home-based care and stimulation. Their solution is to train and empower parents to provide educational and fun Play Centers for pre-school children using local resources. In this way, Lively Minds seeks to provide a sustainable and replicable behaviour-change program that unlocks the potential of uneducated parents and encourages self-sufficiency, creativity, and volunteerism.

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Lively Minds targets deprived rural communities where there are no government primary schools or pre-schools. They train 30 mothers within each community - who are predominantly uneducated and are often marginalized. Once trained, these mothers run educational Play Centers for all children aged 3-6 in the community.  The Centers take place in any local building and are free of charge. The mothers teach using games made from cheap local materials and using interactive discovery-based methods. Teaching is in small groups (1:4 child-parent ratio).  Children learn through play participating in five different skill-sets to enhance cognitive and socio-emotional development.   Health and hygiene activities are incorporated.

As this is a behavior change program, the communities are given a two-year support package to reinforce new behaviors and to provide further capacity-building opportunities. This includes regular monitoring and monthly parenting and 'second chance learning' workshops for the  mothers. These workshops incentivize the mothers and improve their home-based play and care, confidence, and well-being.