Creativity for jobs and leadership
MASK Creativity Clubs
MASK ‘Creativity Skills Set’:
MASK students learn:
Positive beliefs about creativity. People:
Creative skills. People:
MASK Learning Activities include:
First-hand art practices (visual arts, music, performance, dancing, singing, speech, writing, design, etc.) enable students to experiment, investigate, discover, innovate, invent, and find ways around obstacles. They develop the visual skills - observation and imagination.
Encourage curiosity, unconventional way of thinking, and connecting knowledge across disciplines.
The exercises include:
Practical problem solving:
Students practice to solve problems that affect their daily life. Students learn and practice the MASK '5 Steps for Practical Application of Creativity in Real-life' framework.
MASK Typical Workshop Template:
'Creativity and innovation' - is the ability to identify problems and to generate and implement new and original solutions.
It can be also called creative thinking, creative intelligence, resourcefulness, originality, novelty, inventiveness, ingenuity, imagination, inspiration, ‘outside-box’ thinking, independent thinking, value-creation, paradigm-changing, vision, change, individuality, initiative, insight, talent, genius, risk-taking, personal effectiveness, enterprise, and optimization.
"To succeed, young people need to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative."
The US Presidents Committee for the Arts and the Humanities
"Learning of arts and creativity is indispensable for the growth and sustainable development of societies and of individuals." UNESCO
"Creative education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be leaders for tomorrow."
"No nation can achieve a high quality of growth if creative elements of its human potential remain untapped or under-used." European Commission
Creativity Clubs for younger children
To be effective, creativity-learning must start in early childhood when imagination and playfulness are naturally rife. MASK Creativity Clubs for younger children works with 3-12 years old pupils .
Workshops are held once or twice a week after-school. The duration of the workshops is 30-45 min.
Because the arts are essential to effective creativity-learning of younger children, art practices form the main part of the MASK Club’s learning activities, while our facilitators ensure the establishing creativity-learning environment of structure, playfulness, and encouragement.
Creativity for Entrepreneurship
and Leadership Clubs (CEL)
CEL works with students aged 12 to 25 years old. The workshops are held once or twice a week. Its duration is 1 - 1.5 hours.
CEL Learning Activities:
MASK 'Five Steps for Practical Creativity’ framework:
The CEL graduates receive the MASK 'Creativity Passports' and join the MASK 'Young People - The Creative Nation'.
MASK believes that creativity is the basis for education for peace and tolerance in a country like Kenya with a history of violence and deep-seated tribal hostility. Teaching children and young people to imagine new effective solutions for peace is the foundation for a prosperous future.
MASK Peace Clubs' students learn to become social innovators for peace and tolerance. The clubs are either organised as a series of sessions to focus on the relevant topics, or the topics are incorporated in the MASK Creativity Clubs general programme.
2.Solving peace-building and extremism-prevention problems. Students learn to generate new practical ideas for peaceful co-existence, and practical steps for implementing those on practice. Students organise art for peace exhibitions and marches as 'agents of peace' in their local communities.
MASK residential Creativity Camps are organised during school holidays for students aged 16-25.
First Creativity Camp was organised in May 2011 in Nairobi. Participants met with the Kenyan Minister for Culture, The Hon, Ole Ntimama, and the Ministry's Director of Culture, Gladys Gatheru.
Training Creativity Facilitators
A skilled facilitator is essential to effective creativity-learning. MASK has been training creativity facilitators.
MASK facilitators deepen their understanding:
MASK Creativity Learning Environment
Facilitators should encourage students to:
Facilitators must avoid:
Facilitators record in a logbook and photo/video log: