About

About MASK

 

BELIEF

MASK believes that creativity should be central to education.

 

 

VISION

A world where creativity is understood, valued, learned and practised.

 

 

MISSION

  • To develop effective creativity-learning programmes for young people in Africa
  • To champion ‘education for creativity’ and the right to creativity for all.

 

 

AIM

To enable young people' long-term socio-economic success and sustainability.

 

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Strengthening young people’s creativity and innovation
  • Developing creativity training materials, manuals and toolkits
  • Engaging in policy dialogue and influence through production of policy briefs, conferences and exhibitions.

 

 

 

 

BENEFICIARIES

 

  • Children and young people aged 3 to 25 years old, school and none-school goers, disadvantaged and disabled, living in urban and rural regions of Kenya (and potentially other countries in Africa)
  • The Kenyan Ministry of Education and ultimately, teachers and educators in Kenya (and potentially other countries in Africa)
  • The long-term beneficiaries are local communities, as the creativity of their young people ultimately benefits the socio-economic development of the local communities.

 

 

MASK Creativity Clubs has trained up to 2,500 pupils and up to 60 teachers in more than 25 schools in Kenya. The MASK Prize has attracted more than 6,500 participants in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa; its exhibitions were viewed by more than 450,000 people in Kenya, UK and USA.

 

 

 

MASK SUCCESS STORIES

 

  • "MASK made me an entrepreneur and a leader. My village elders invite me to their meetings -although I am so young - and ask for good ideas that can improve our community. I feel respected. I love this creativity. But before MASK came I did not even know I was creative." Joel Gatua, 22

 

  • "MASK developed my habit for innovating. While studying chemistry in college I invented a new drug. Now I am employed for my “creative attitude” by a FTSE 100 company in Nairobi. I came from a small village in Kenya. Creativity empowered me beyond my dreams!" Hellen, 27.

 

 

Read more MASK success stories

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

 

 

PEDAGOGY

 

MASK Creativity Pedagogy Framework

 

 

POLICIES

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS

 

 

MASK has enjoyed a critical acclaim in the national and specialist press in Africa and beyond.

 

 

 

HISTORY

 

In 2006, London based artist Alla went to Kenya to paint. Working in rural communities, she began giving art workshops to children in schools and discovered that art and creativity education was limited. Her conviction that creativity is essential to children's development and future success led her to establish MASK (Mobile Art School in Kenya) in 2007.

"MASK has started something which others are now beginning

to recognise as an essential part of human growth and development."

MASK's trustee Dr Lyndsay Bird

OUR TEAM

 

PATRONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Koinange

Africa's renowned journalist and broadcaster

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Renowned artist

Hannah O'Leary

Head of Modern & Contemporary African Art at Sothebys

TRUSTEES

 

Dr Lyndsay Bird Chair of the Trustees

Charles Dance OBE

Tim Dann

Professor David Dilks

 

SECRETARY

 

Alla Tkachuk MSc FRSA

 

ADVISORS

 

  • Dr Chege Githiora, the Chairman of the Centre of African Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
  • Dr Nicholas Addison, Visiting Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, University of London, and author of Understanding Art Education (2010), Art Critics and Art Historians in Schools (2003), En-Quire: Critical Minds (2006), co-editor of Learning to Teach Art and Design in the Secondary School (2007) and Debates in Art and Design Education (2012), UK.
  • Business advisors Mark Call and Thairu Ndungu.

 

 

SUPPORTERS

 

Special THANK YOU to our supporters and donors without whom the MASK's work would not be possible

To succeed, young people need to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative.

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MASK is a UK Charity Commission registered charity No 1128734

 

 

 

 

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