MASK believes that education for creativity is means for achieving real learning, improved employability and strong leadership. The organization offers young people creativity-training programs such as Creativity Clubs in schools and the MAKS Prize creativity competition. By ‘creativity’ MASK understands ‘the outside-box problem solving’, the skill that can be learned and taught.
In Africa, where the aspects of education for creativity in schools are critically limited, the MASK Prize is the effective platform that offers young people a space where they are encouraged to be creative and inventive and learn from the creativity of others. The MASK Prize ignites and celebrates creativity of young people.
Working with national press and media as the media partners, the MASK Prize not only successfully reaches a large number of participants, but also promotes the importance of creativity and its socio-economic benefits to the wider public though the promotional campaigns, Award Ceremonies, and exhibitions at the leading cultural and education centers.Winners, selected by a panel of judges, are awarded prizes at the official Award Ceremony in Nairobi. Selected works are shared with other young people at the exhibitions at leading cultural and education centers around the world.
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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryMobile schools/centersStudent supportEducational TechnologyCulture/indigenous knowledgeOther
Model details2013Not-for-profit21st century skills (soft skills)Entrepreneurship skillsArt & MusicCulture/indigenous knowledgeOtherLeadership skillsActiveLong-term projectFree service or product
Funders: Creativity Gym, Linbury Trust, JJ Charitable Trust, Swire Foundation, SOAS, IIEP UNESCO, Saatchi Gallery, Black Rock, Stephenson Harwood Solicitors, Stone King Sewell Solicitors, UNON, Center for Conflict Resolution-Kenya, Russian Embassy in KEnya, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Kenya Embassy in the USA6,50050%50%
BeneficiariesIndividuals with disabilitiesDisplaced individualsEthnic minoritiesLinguistic minoritiesRacial minoritiesReligious minoritiesNomadic communitiesOut-of-school childrenOrphans and vulnerable children
Direct mailing to rural schools, advertising in national press and media that reach poor communities.
ScaleMore than 6500 works were entered since 2013200More than 200 on the basis that more than 100 schools participated in the program since 201325The MASK program has run in 25 schools to date; MASK now permanently teaches in 5 schools (3 primary, 2 secondary)
More than 20 exhibitions of the MASK Prize were organized at galleries and arts centers around the world.
These exhibitions were viewed by more than 450,000 people in Kenya, USA, and the UK. Also, five award ceremonies were attended by more than 2000 participants, their parents and teachers from Kenya, Tanzania And South Africa.
In 2013, the number of works entered was 500 from the participants living in Kenya.
In 2017, more than 2000 works/ideas were entered from the participants living in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa.
In 2018, more participants from the West Africa (Ghana) are expected to join following the MASK Prize promotion in the R4D blog.
The MASK Prize hopes to partner with more:
- Donors - to fund its growing operational costs and prizes
- Media houses - to advertise and promote the program on its platforms to reach more participants
- Cultural and educational centers - to offer its venues for more exhibitions
- Publishers – to publish catalogues of the best of the MASK Prize works to be disseminated at cultural and educational centers in Africa and beyond
- Digital developers – to improve the online exhibition viewing experience
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
MASK assesses processes of creativity, and the ideas or physical objects that students produce are evidence of that process. MASK's assessment methodology is dialogue assessment. It contains a series of options or questions that help with creative processes such as: "What can be?" "What if?" "How can we?" "Do you remember so-and-so did this?"
The objectives of the dialogue assessment are for students to learn through collaborative work with facilitators and to negotiate the assessment criteria in order to understand what they aim to achieve.
MASK also assesses main indicators such as:
- Number of participants
- Participants’ locations
- Number and types of schools participated
- Level of parental support
- Participants’ and teacher’s satisfaction
- Impact of the participants’ life, learning gains, confidence, career success, believes about creativity
- Level of peer to peer promotion of the progrma
- Coverage in press and media
- Partners’ and donor’s feedback
- Feedback of the education authorities in the countries where we are significantly represented (Kenya)