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If you are a parent or teacher learn how to engender creativity and innovation in children and youths

Learn about creativity

Build your awareness of creativity and innovation

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If you are aged 25 or younger and live anywhere in Africa participate in our MASK Prize Creativity and Innovation Competition With Prizes to ignite, share and celebrate your creativity

Welcome to MASK

MASK: Creativity for Jobs and Leadership


We strengthen creativity and innovation of young people in Africa to improve their learning, employability, entrepreneurial skills and leadership

How MASK helps

Creativity is what separates those who are prepared for the work and life

in 21 century and those who are not

Supporting creativity and innovation today for success tomorrow



Education for creativity and innovation is the 21-century priority. Because human creativity is key to future socio-economic prosperity. It has a far-reaching effect on people's intellectual capacity, personality, work ethics, and social behaviour. Creativity unlocks entrepreneurship and leadership in individuals and spurs change and development in society. Neglecting creativity leads to high unemployment, low productivity, less stable economy, greater poverty, poorer health system, and inadequate education. 'Creativity will be the top skill people will need by 2020' (World Economic Forum's 'New Vision for Education' and ‘Future of Jobs’ reports, 2016). 'Survival in 21 century will be very difficult and without creativity it is not possible' (MASK supporter Dr Manu Chandaria CBE).


There is an urgent need to understand how creativity can be effectively engendered in people from an early age. Although political and business leaders have high regard for innovation and entrepreneurship, they yet to connect it with the urgent need for education for creativity in schools and to recognise art practices as the essential component of creativity-learning. Currently, education for creativity is critically limited in schools in many parts of the world. The right to creativity of young people from low social status communities is often entirely denied.


MASK provides the creativity-learning opportunities for all young people in Africa regardless of their social status, ability and income.


MASK former students say:


"MASK developed my habit of innovating. While studying chemistry in college I invented a new drug which my college intends to patent. I now work for a leading global company that had chosen me for my "creative attitude". MASK empowered me beyond my dreams." Hellen, 27, from a remote vilalge in Kenya

"MASK made an entrepreneur and a leader. My village elders invited me to their meeting and ask for "good ideas" that can improve our community. I feel respected, I am making difference. I love this creativity! But before MASK came, I did not know I was creative!" Joel, 20, from a remote village in Kenya (represented MASK at UNESCO Forum in Paris in 2012)

About MASK



The world where people fully realise their creative potential for the advancement of individuals and society



Children and young people living in Africa


Teachers and education authorities in Africa


Local communities and society at large



To champion education for creativity and develop effective creativity-learning resources



Training young people and teachers


Developing creativity learning and teaching materials


Engaging in policy dialogue through MASK exhibitions, conferences, and publications



To enable young people for success and economic self-sustainability



Creativity Clubs


Creativity for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Clubs


MASK Prize Creativity Competition With Prizes


Training creativity teachers


Building public awareness of creativity and innovation


MASK (Mobile Art School in Kenya) was founded in 2007 by a London-based artist Alla Tkachuk who while traveling to Kenya to paint and volunteering art workshops to children discovered that art practices that engender creativity in children were critically limited in schools.


MASK work has been acknowledged by



Our team




The Pioneer of modern African art artist Ibrahim El-Salahi

Kenyan leading journalist and broadcaster Jeff Koinange

Sotherby's Director and Head of Modern & Contemporary African Art Hannah O'Leary



Dr Lyndsay Bird, Chair of the Trustees

Tim Dann

Professor David Dilks

Professor John Gruzelier

Charles Dance OBE



Alla Tkachuk BSc MSc FRSA


Curiculum Advisor

Dr Nicholas Addison, Visiting Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, University of London

"Twelve years ago MASK has started something which is now recognised as an essential part

of human growth and development."

MASK Trustee Dr Lyndsay Bird


“MASK's work is ground-breaking and important to the young Africans going forward.”

MASK Trustee Tim Dann


MASK is a UK registered charity No 1128734







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