Kenya: Without Creativity, Success in School Is Not Possible

All Africa – Alla Tkachuk, MSc

“Creativity drives progress. It is vital to our success and well-being. It guarantees our very survival. Without human ingenuity, the advancement of human condition is not possible. Yet, the value of creativity is often not recognised…What is creativity?…Creativity is the ability to think. It is our capacity to generate new ideas, ideas that bring change and improvement. Albert Einstein called creativity ‘true intelligence’. Creativity can be referred to as innovation, resourcefulness, or thinking ‘outside the box’. Significantly, it is a skill that can be taught and learned….The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a world’s leading business/education collaboration, says that creativity a key skill young people need in order to succeed in the 21st century…Creativity must be at the center of education. The Industrial Revolution model of schooling – that prepared workers rather than thinkers – is outdated. Technology has radically changed the rules. In the ‘innovation’ economy of the 21st century, the ability to think creatively is essential.”(more)

Kakenya Ntaiya: Bringing Education to Kenya’s Girls

National Geographic – Hannah Bloch

“Kakenya Ntaiya, a pioneering education activist in Kenya and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, is one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2013, putting her in the running for CNN Hero of the Year. For the past five years, the boarding school she started in her own village of Enoosaen, 250 miles outside Nairobi, has educated Maasai girls from the fourth through eighth grades, giving them the foundation to continue their schooling in high school and beyond.”(more)

Kenyan Slum School Offers Free Education for Girls

VOA News – Jill Craig

“Founded in 2009, the Kibera School for Girls offers free tuition, uniforms, books, and meals to qualifying girls in the Nairobi slum of Kibera, where a good education is difficult to find. The school is the first to offer free education for girls in the area and it garners support from the surrounding community by providing residents with much-needed services.”(more)