Lively Minds

Learning through play: Eastern Uganda

We will set up 5 community-run Play Centres in rural villages in Eastern Uganda to help children learn through play, promote good health and hygiene, and to empower communities to change their children’s lives, and their own, for the better.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 May 2010 to 12:00 PM, 1 April 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1125512)




  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief




Millions of children in rural Uganda are not getting the quality education they need to help them question and think creatively. As a result they cannot develop the “lively minds” needed to innovate and find creative solutions to local problems, which we believe to be essential if they are to find their way out of poverty. The common perception is – I was born into poverty and I will die in poverty, so what is the point of trying to change or dreaming of a better future?


We set up community-run Play Centres that give thousands of children free access to educational activities that help them develop critical thinking skills through play. The centres are run by volunteers from the community. Volunteering benefits the volunteers themselves. It transforms them - giving them the confidence, vision and skills to change their children's lives and their own for the better. This is real sustainability. This is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.