MASK had Christmas drinks on 5 December at the Royal Overseas League in London. H.E. Dr Joe Sang, Minister Counsellor in charge of Cultural Diplomacy at the Kenya High Commission in London, Dr Lyndsay Bird, MASK’s Trustee, and to Brittany Glenn, MASK’s volunteer, spoke at the party. The famous children's writer Kaye Umansky was amongst the guests.
MASK is at UNESCO's HQ in Paris
MASK was invited to present its practice at the UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) Policy Forum "Engaging youth in planning education for social transformation" on 16-18 October 2012 at UNESCO's HQ in Paris. The Forum was opened by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and attended by 200 participants from around the world.www.planwithyouth.com
"Dear Alla, we deeply thank you for putting the effort to showcase the MASK paintings at the Forum.You and Joel put an important issue on the agenda in terms of the importance of creativity and art in education. It was also great to see how Joel interacted with policymakers and academics to get his point heard." Policy Forum Organizing Committee, IIEP-UNESCO.
MASK exhibited its young people's artwork at the Forum. Joel Gatua, MASK's student, attended and spoke to the Forum.
MASK met and discussed a possible collaboration with the H.E. Mr Ababu Namwamba, Kenyan Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport, H.E. Prof Patrick Olweny, Kenya Vice Minister of Education, and Dr Mary Khimulu, Kenya Ambassador to UNESCO, as well as representatives of UNICEF, the Open Society Foundations and other organisations.
MASK success stories. "Taking my life to my destinations"
Jane Enyen, 17
Jane joined MASK’ club at Revered Githirwa Secondary School in the area of Lake Naivasha in Kenya two years ago.
She is now earning money by selling her own paintings to farmers around Lake Naivasha. ”I am very happy and I thank teacher John and Madam Alla for introducing MASK in my life, it helped me realize my talents. I am helping now my peers to draw and paint. I am very happy and my parents are happy with me too "
Joel Gatua, 20
Joel came to MASK club at Lariak Secondary School four years ago when he was 16. In 2011, he was signed up by one of the leading advertising agency in Kenya, got commissioned to paint murals in several restaurants in Nairobi and Mombasa. He has now rented a room where he is painting his art and giving lessons to the local children. He displays art on the walls of his room ‘for neighbours’ virtually turning it into an art gallery!
“Why do I like Art? It helps me think outside the box and keeps my mind,
spirit and emotions always busy. One day art will take me somewhere in my life, possibly to the international levels. I feel art is one of the hardworking and discipline-centred developer.”
Benson Kinyanjui, 16
Benson is an orphant. He attended MASK’s club at the Lariak Secondary School when he was 12. Since, Benson has sold his painings to Nairobi Club and collectors in London and Washington DC.
“Painting is an art that involves passing information to peoples through objects that are being painted. These include peace and beautifying our country. I love painting with all my mind and dignity. My dream is to study technology engeering and continue with art because painting is a talent. It can take my life to my destinations.”
MASK is showing at Woodrow Wilcon Center for Scholars, Washington DC.The Private View was opened by Nairimas Ole-Sein, the Kenyan Embassy, Steve MacDonald, the Director of the African Programme at the woodrow Wilson Center, and Alla Tkachuk, Director of MASK.
MASK’s artwork made a shortlist of 20 works for the annual Saatchi Gallery/Sunday Telegraph Schools Art Prize
and is shown at the Saatchi Gallery until 26th of January 2011, at the address:
Duke of York's HQ,
SW3 4SQ, UK
‘Extinguish Flames in Kenya’ by Duncan Mwangi, 14, is a public poster created by him at MASK’s artworkshop during the post-election violence in Kenya of 2008. Read more and see the selected picture on the Sunday Telegraph.
Director of the school, Alla Tkachuk, at the opening. It would be great if Duncan could be here...
We run workshop at our Makutano Primary School " What makes a good teacher?" Children's' replied that good teacher is that who: explain well, teach good things, teach children to share food, who does not punish for mistakes, does not beat pupils, does not get angry and shout, finish the lessons, give advice and give homework.
"One Year After The Conflict" at IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 20-31 July 2009
Private view and MASK's presentation is on 24 July 2009 from 5 to 7pm. Director Mark Bray of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning will be hosting the event. A cocktail will be held throughout. IIEP UNESCO, 7-9, rue Eugčne-Delacroix, 75116 Paris, France
In early 2008, MASK worked with child victims of the Kenyan post-election violence in displaced persons' camps in Nakuru town and schools in Laikipia. Children had been traumatised by witnessing people being killed and their houses set alight.
They hid in the bush, scared and hungry for days. Some lost their parents and now live with their siblings in over-crowded huts with their relatives who cannot feed them or pay
for their schooling. In the refugee camps, a few possessions covered by a plastic sheet have become their homes.
In 2009, one year after the conflict, children expressed their experiences and hopes for the future. The wounds are still open. Children want to go back to their lands and rebuild their houses. As a result of the conflict, famine and hunger became widespread in the country. This became the biggest concern to children, and they strongly expressed their daily struggle for food in their paintings.
The exhibition 'One Year After The Conflict' is to be shown at The International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) UNESCO on 20-31 July 2009, and during the UNESCO General Conference in Paris in October 2009.
Alla Tkachuk, MASK's founding director, will give a short talk about MASK to the participants of IIEP/UNESCO Summer School 2009 on 24th July.
We are happy to associate ourselves with the Mobile Art School in Kenya and its founders. This programme is the first of its kind in this country. Though the ministry of Education has some small allocation on art in schools the schools hardly utilize these facilities preferring to concentrate only on the examinable subjects. We hope that this programme can be extended to most parts of the country.Francis Apollo, Executive Director, Center for Conflict Resolution - Kenya, NGO
On 27 January, K24 Local television station aired a programme about MASK and the children of Lariak Art Club and how art can help to build peace between communities. We will try to put a video of this on our website soon. We are very proud and congratulate the children!
Due to its popularity, the Club has been invited to one day youth explosion day at a neighboring school which will involve youths from all spheres of life. The officials from the ministry of youth affairs and other non-governmental organizations will give their talks. The Club will exhibit paintings on that day. The event will take place on 6th December, 2008.
The Club is also expected to give a talk on MASK. Due to its popularity and uniqueness, The Club has received numerous calls and messages from active community groups enquiring on how MASK can be of assistance to their activities. These groups perform: plays, poems, songs and a few of them do painting. Most of their members are non-school going youth.
It has been a busy year. We thank all the supporters of MASK and its activities. We wish them all Merry Christmas and a happy prosperous New Year.
MASK is making film!
MASK has started making a film about drug abuse among youth. Written and directed by John Githiri, MASK volunteer teacher. See more on drama page.
Exhibition of Kenyan children's art work following "What we say to our Government about post-election conflict in Kenya" workshops, at Stephenson Harwood Law Firm HQ in the City of London. See ourArt Gallery