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Many countries experience ethnic, political, or religious conflicts. Teaching children and young people to imagine new effective solutions for peace and tolerance is the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous future.

The learning goal is to strengthen students' creativity and to channel it towards social entrepreneurship for peace-building and extremism-prevention. Students learn the MASK Creativity Skills Set, and undertake the Learning and Teaching Activities that focus on creative art practices (visual arts, music, performance, writing, etc.)  that  develop:

  • Empathy. Making and displaying their artworks allows students to safely explore their own emotions and understand the emotions of others. They learn and teach others empathy
  • To understand and accept multi-culturalism to help them mitigate the difficulties of inter-ethnical and inter-religious understanding. Art builds bridges between ethnicities and religions
  • Social innovation and leadership: to generate and implement new and imaginative, but practical and effective, solutions to conflict-resolution and peaceful co-existence. Students feel empowered and are encouraged to  empower others
  • To effectively communicate ideas and solutions to their community members by organizing exhibitions and ‘art marches’. Students act as ' agents of peace', and learn to see themselves as people who matter and who are listened to .

MASK Creativity for Peace-building and Extremism-prevention Clubs are either organised in a series of sessions to focus intensely on the relevant topics, or the topics are incorporated in the MASK’s Creativity and CEL Clubs programmes.

MASK collaborates with local and national government and peace-building NGOs in Kenya.  Working in more than 25 schools  across different ethnics and religions,  MASK acted  as a link between those communities.

Students say:

  • “Through peaceful pictures we promote peace. We  exchange ideas and resolve the disagreements peacefully.” PATRICK MWAURA, 15
  • “The workshops make me so happy. They enable us to maintain peace. I learnt to  communicate  ideas visually.” NAFTARY MAINA, 15
  • “MASK  helped me to express ideas, and to promote peace between different tribes who are in conflict.” BENSON KINYANTUI, 13
  • “Being creative can help me to educate communities and lead them to  peace.” PETER KIMANI, 17

For more pictures visit MASK archive


During the Kenyan post-election violence of 2008, MASK organised an exhibition of Peace Art by MASK students who experienced the conflict. The exhibition was held at the Russian Embassy in Nairobi. The national television channel, KTN, filmed the exhibition and reported on it in their daily youth programme, 'Str8up'. Kenyan vernacular radio stations that also attended the exhibition, recorded students'  peace messages that were depicted in the artworks, and broadcast them nationally.

In 2009, MASK published  “Year After the Conflict” book - a result of our '2008 post-election violence' and the '2009 famine in Kenya' workshops - and presented it to the District Education Officers in Laikipia and Naivasha, and to the Kenyan Minister of Education and Youth, The Hon. Sally Kosgei.

In 2010, MASK organised 'Creativity for Peace-building' exhibition at the Kenyan Embassy in France in Paris.

In 2009, MASK organised 'Peace-building through art'  exhibition at UNESCO IIEP in Paris.

Working with the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE, now KICD) MASK  recommended that “Peace-building Through Art” could be included in one of schools’ examined subjects.  This recommendation was welcomed by the KIE and incorporated “Peace-building Through Art” in the subject of History.

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