MASK: Strengthening Creativity and Innovation in Young People in East Africa

Mobile Art School in Kenya (MASK) provides young people with non-formal practical training in creativity and innovation to improve their well-being, employment opportunities, and effective leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
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2006
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Mobile Art School in Kenya (MASK)
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West Laikipia, Naivasha
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Mobile Art School in Kenya (MASK) employs a comprehensive approach to its work in promoting learning for creativity and innovation through art. MASK believes that creativity and innovation are essential and powerful contributors to economic growth and poverty alleviation, but believes that creative education in East African schools is unacceptably limited. MASK operates on the belief that creative learning is an ultimate economic resource and that fostering creative skills in young people is key for increasing job opportunities for youth, promoting peace, eradicating poverty through the development of entrepreneurial skills, and fostering personal growth through increased confidence, motivation and self-esteem.

MASK has developed an effective learning model for non-formal education arund creativity and innovation in schools that utilizes the arts as a pedagogical tool. The model can be implemented across schools with minimum costs and policy change. Since its establishment in 2006, MASK has worked in 20 Kenyan schools with orphaned, homeless, or abused students and over 25,000 children have benefited from MASK's programs that include: workshops and weekly art clubs in schools, Art for Peace-Building, Facilitators-Training, art camps, and the national annual art competition for young people in Kenya, the MASK ART PRIZE. MASK students' art has been exhibited in Kenya, France, the UK, and the USA.