Stage 5: Scaling
This project was started in 2008. It was meant to run in just two villages, but neighboring communities, recognizing the impact of the program, requested Play Centres in their village too. Lively Minds was therefore established in 2008 so that the project could be replicated more widely. Over the past 6 years, 36 community-run Play Centers have been set up. Lively Minds have trained over 1,080 Mothers who teach 160 children per community per year.
The program is based in Eastern Uganda and targets deprived rural communities with the most need. The program builds the capacities of uneducated, unemployed women, who are generally marginalized in their communities, so that they can provide better care for their young children.
Education, Health, Parent & Family Engagement and 2 MoreSEE MORE
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Ghana and Uganda
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Countries Implemented In
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.
How does your innovation work?
Assessments are conducted on children to measure semantic knowledge, comprehension of instruction, social information processing. A strengths and difficulties questionnaire is administered to parents to measure child behavior. With mothers, demographic information is collected at baseline, adapted wellbeing/self-esteem assessments are conducted,, and parenting questionnaires are administered to measure parenting techniques and rates of household play. Focus groups are carried out with mothers.
Planned Goals and Milestones
Cognitive tests on 124 beneficiary children (average age 4) across 14 communities showed a mean baseline score of just 49% correct answers. After 6 months, 83% of mothers reported providing more stimulating activities and play at home compared to baseline. After 6 months, children's cognitive test scores increased by 90%. Mothers report great improvement in their children's abilities and also increases in their self-confidence, peer support, and improved relationships with their children.