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Creativity for jobs and leadership

About MASK

 

BELIEF

Strengthening creativity must be a priority of education.

 

VISION

Creativity of all people is fully realised for the advancement of society.

 

MISSION

  • To develop effective creativity-learning programmes and resources that improve real learning, employability, entrepreneurial skills and leadership
  • To champion ‘education for creativity’ and 'the right to creativity' for all.

 

AIM

To enable young people's success and self-sustainability.

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Training young people and teachers for creatively
  • Developing creativity learning and teaching material, 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, 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)
  • Local communities and society at large.

 

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, Mauritius, Nigeria, and South Africa; its exhibitions were viewed by more than 550,000 people in Kenya, the UK and USA.

 

 

MASK FORMER STUDENTS SAY

 

  • "MASK made me an entrepreneur and a leader. My village elders invite me to their meetings and ask me for "good ideas" to improve our community. I feel respected. I make a difference. 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. Coming from a remote village, I now work at a global corporation in Nairobi that hired me for my “creative attitude”. Creativity empowered me beyond my dreams." Hellen, 27.

 

 

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PROGRAMMES

 

 

PEDAGOGY

MASK Creativity Pedagogy Framework

 

 

POLICIES

  • Memorandum and Articles of Association

 

 

 

PRESS

 

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

 

 

HISTORY

 

Traveling to Kenya in 2006 to paint, a London-based artist Alla Tkachuk volunteered art workshops in local schools and discovered that the aspects of education that encourage creativity were severely limited. This led Alla to establish MASK in 2007.

"MASK has started something which others are now beginning

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

MASK Trustee Dr Lyndsay Bird

OUR TEAM

PATRONS

Jeff Koinange

Africa's renowned journalist and broadcaster

Hannah O'Leary

Sotherby's Director and Head of Modern & Contemporary African Art at Sothebys

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Renowned artist

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

 

Thank you to MASK supporters and donors

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

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