GIF has awarded a $2.7 million grant to current partner Lively Minds to support the Government

The Lively Minds programme incorporates community-run educational games in government kindergarten schools. These games are run by community members and designed to encourage the children to think creatively, to solve problems and to question. As they are fun the children do not even realize they are learning.

Encouraging psychosocial stimulation at an early age can generate long-lasting improvements in children’s outcomes, and play based pedagogies are particularly effective. Furthermore, parental involvement is an important contributor to improved educational outcomes in early years and beyond. The challenge is to establish models of parental involvement in early education services that can operate cost-effectively at scale. Although Ghana has made great strides in early childhood care and education (ECCE) in comparison with other African countries, according to a recent Education Sector Analysis the average kindergarten class size exceeds 50 children and all too often schooling doesn’t lead to learning: half of Primary 2 pupils are unable to read a single word

Funding agencies: Global Innovation Fund (GIF)

Countries: Ghana

Published: 2020-07-16

Sectors: Services