The quality of existing early childhood education in rural Ghana and Uganda is severely constrained by challenging contexts. These challenges include few opportunities for children to learn at home, low parental education, and a lack of awareness of the most neuro-biologically effective techniques. Lively Minds aims to improve early childhood education in these communities by developing effective play-based early learning programs in classrooms and at home.
The organization centrally trains teachers in a child-centered, play-based pedagogy called Play Schemes. Through Play Schemes, children gain information, ideas, and skills through educational games that encourage them to think creatively, to question, and to solve problems. The teachers bring Play Schemes into their classrooms and also train mothers in the community in the practice, giving them the tools needed to reinforce these early childhood development skills at home.