Creativity for jobs and leadership
MASK Creativity Club:
MASK concepts of Education for Creativity:
Creativity is creative problem solving, i.e. the ability to identify problems and generate new original solutions, that is rooted in the capacity to integrate/connect knowledge/information across a wide range of disciplines into new patterns and combinations. Creativity is a type of intelligence. Albert Einstein called creativity a 'true measure of intelligence', Edward De Bono - 'a highest form of intelligence'. Creativity can be also referred to as resourcefulness, inventiveness, ingenuity, imagination, outside-box thinking, and optimization.
At MASK Creativity Clubs students cultivate:
Positive beliefs about creativity:
Practical application of creativity in daily life for leadership and entrepreneurship (in secondary schools):
Team-creativity, the ground-zero of creativity:
Learning and Teaching Activities:
Creative-thinking exercises thay unblock conventional ways of thinking
Typical workshop's template:
2. TRAINING FACILITATORS
A skilled facilitator is essential to creativity learning.
Creativity facilitators learn:
3. ESTABLISHING CREATIVITY-LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Establishing the environment that is conducive to creativity-learning is critical.
Creativity-Learning Environment means:
1. Learning takes place in the atmosphere of·(Koinonia Rules):
2. Students are clear about the links between Learning Activities and Creative Skills and Creative Character
3. 'Learning Activities' are designed to be:
Simple but challenging
4. Students' attention is stimulated by the open-ended questions such as 'what can be?' and 'what if?' and thought-provoking stories. Facilitators, if possible, demonstrate their inner dialogue during the creative process. They encourage students' 'half-baked' ideas (because ideas must be evolved quite far before its practical use is apparent).
5. Students are provided with opportunities for success early in creativity-training in order to motivate them, create satisfaction and build creativity- confidence. Cheers, praises, rewards, enthusiastic acknowledgment of efforts, and constructive feedback are necessary.
5. Discipline and structure are highly important: good attendance, focus, efficiently-used time and materials, and creativity-conducive work space.
4. CREATIVITY CLUBS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Children learn creativity through making art and objects (paintings and collages, books and toys, performances and plays, etc) with a range of techniques and materials (including recycled and natural materials) in the atmosphere of play and both, individual and team-work.
Ceativity is visual thinking (orbervation and visualisation/imagination). Ideas are images. Visual thinking is instrumental to selecting and connecting information to generate new ideas. If we are adept at the visual thinking, creativity comes easier to us. Art practices develop the visual thinking.
Values of the arts:
5. CREATIVITY FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND LEADERSHIP
CREATIVITY FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND LEADERSHIP (CEL) clubs in secondary schools help students to:
MASK's CEL is a 5-Step process of applying creativity in daily life:
The CEL Creative Clubs' graduates receive 'Creativity Passports' of the 'Young People -The Creative Nation'.
6. OTHER PROGRAMMES
CREATIVITY FOR PEACE-BUILDING
Most African countries experience ethnic or political conflicts. Peacebuilding amongst young people is the foundation for a peaceful future.
MASK's 'Creativity for Peace-building' aims to build in students:
MASK's 'Creativity for Peace-building' Clubs are either organised in a series/block of sessions to focus intensely on the topic of peacebuilding, or they are incorporated in a general Creativity Cubs programme.
What 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
“The workshops help me to express ideas, to promote peace between different tribes who are in conflict.”
BENSON KINYANTUI, 13
“Being creative can help me to educate communities and lead for them for peace.”
PETER KIMANI, 17
MASK's Residential Creativity Summer Camps are organised during school holidays for students aged 16-25 year old.
First Creativity camp was organised in May 2011 in Nairobi. See videos and pictures here including the participants meeting with the Kenyan Minister for Culture Mr Ole Ntimama and Director of Culture Mrs Gladys Gatheru .
What students say:
"I liked being creative since I was little. I liked experimenting and imagining new things. It was very hard for me because my family did not support this activity considering it being unworthy, 'idle' and 'lazy'. Participating in the MASK Creativity Summer Camp helped my family to support me and to be proud of my creativity." IRUNGU JAMES KUNGU, 19
What the others say about creativity:
Useful information: reports and surveys about 'creativity and innovation' and its impact on developement:
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"MASK developed my habit for innovating. Since I left school, while studying chemistry in college, I invented a new drug, and for my creative problem-solving skill I am enjoying now a real success in my big job in Nairobi." Hellen, MASK ex-student