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LGT Venture Philanthropy partners with Lively Minds to improve education and care for pre-school children in rural communities in Ghana

September 21, 2022

Lively Minds is a non-profit working to improve access to quality education and care for pre-school children across Ghana and Uganda.

Lively Minds
Lively Minds

LGT Venture Philanthropy Foundation (LGT VP) is pleased to announce the launch of our partnership with Lively Minds. Lively Minds is a non-profit working to improve access to quality education and care for pre-school children in remote, under-resourced rural communities across Ghana and Uganda. LGT VP’s initial one-year core funding will contribute towards the ongoing expansion plan in Northern Ghana.

A cost-effective, scalable solution in Early Childhood Development (ECD) for rural Africa

Founded in 2008, Lively Minds leverages existing government infrastructure (e.g., kindergarten teachers) to deliver low-cost, community-run educational playgroups for children as well as empowers mothers to provide nurturing care at home. This improves the life-chances and quality of life for the children, parents and the wider community. The use of government infrastructure also ensures the government is well-positioned to take on full ownership of implementation once the model attains scale. Notably, a randomized control trial found the model to outperform commonly used education interventions.

Potential to become a leader in rural early education at scale

LGT VP finds the Lively Minds solution to offer strong replication potential across rural Africa. The model’s flexibility ensures it can be adapted to suit local dynamics as evidenced by the use of different delivery channels in Ghana and Uganda. At present, Lively Minds is implementing a bold expansion plan with Ghana’s Ministry of Education that aims to embed the Lively Minds program as the national ECD solution for rural public schools. This expansion will see the Lively Minds program benefit up to 500’000 children annually by 2025 and could potentially provide a template for other African countries aiming to increase access to quality ECD among rural communities.

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