MASK strengthens creativity and innovation of young people in Africa to improve their learning, employability, leadership and entrepreneurial skill
Technology in the 21st century advances at a rate equivalent to a millennia of change being compressed within a single lifespan, bringing opportunities as well as great challenges. To adapt and succeed, young people need strong creativity - the source of powerful intellect, resilience and positive work ethic - to imagine new solutions, invent alternatives, and mastermind breakthrough.
AT MASK YOU CAN
Museum of Contemporary African Art
Artwork by MASK Prize participant Nicole Riziki, 19, Kenya
"MASK made an entrepreneur and a leader. Since finishing school I developed a couple of businesses and taught creativity at my local school telling the parents about the goodness of art. My village elders asked me for "good ideas" that can improve our community. I feel respected. I make difference. I love this creativity! But before MASK came I did not know I was creative!"
Joel, 20, from a village in Kenya
"MASK developed my habit of innovating. While studying chemistry in college I invented a new drug. At my first job I was promoted to a supervisory position for suggesting innovative solutions and became a supervisor of a all-men team after only four months. I now work at a major global company in Nairobi that had employed me for my "creative attitude”. Creativity empowered me beyond my dreams."
Hellen, 28, from a village in Kenya
Artwork by MASK Prize participant Eddy Ochieng, 23, Kenya
Started as a small mobile unit in 2007 pioneering creativity clubs in schools in Kenya to fill the creativity education gap, we progressed sufficiently to present its work at UNESCO IIEP (France), UNESCO KNC (South Korea), Nairobi National Museum and RaMOMA (Kenya), Kenyan Embassy (France), SOAS University of London, Royal Overseas League, Turner Contemporary, Saatchi Gallery (UK), George Washington University, Woodrow Wilson Center, US Library of Congress, the White House (USA) and other institutions.
Following the presentation at the White House, in their letter to MASK Barack and Michelle Obama wrote: "As our world grows interdepended, we look forward to working together to the benefit of all nations and to strengthening the bonds between people." We have been acknowledged by Education Innovations Initiative of Harvard University and by the Center for Education Innovation of the Results for Development Institute, and featured in a number of specialist and national press and media.
Working closely with the Kenyan Ministry of Education throughout, we were pleased to see the Kenyan education reform of 2017 that made creativity a “core competences” of the basic school curriculum. "MASK has been an absolute game-changer for my creative occupation" and "the driver of change in our society’" say our beneficiaries.
The images below are the works by MASK participants
The world where all young people can fully realise their creative potential
Children and young people living in Africa
Teachers and education authorities in Africa
Local communities in Africa and society at large
To champion creativity and assist with learning and teaching creativity
Training young people and teachers
Developing learning and teaching material
Engaging in policy dialogue through exhibitions, conferences, and publications
To empower young people to achieve success and economic self -sustainability through strong creativity
Creativity Clubs in schools including
Creativity for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Clubs
MASK Prize creativity platform
Ibrahim El-Salahi, the Pioneer of modern African art
Jeff Koinange, Africa's leading journalist and broadcaster
Hannah O'Leary, Sotherby's Director and Head of Modern & Contemporary African Art
Charles Dance OBE, Celebrated and renowned actor
Alla Tkachuk MSc FRSA, Founder of MASK
Dr Nicholas Addison, Visiting Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, University of London
Raymond Mulinge and Watson Kanui, Nairobi
MASK Creativity Ambassadors, MASK Alumni
MASK Prize Judges
Exhibition venues staff
Artists and schoolteachers
"In 2007 MASK has started supporting creativity education which is now recognised as an essential part of
human growth and development." Lyndsay Bird
“MASK's work is ground-breaking and important to the young Africans going forward.” Tim Dann