Considering the country’s recent political history — not to mention its longstanding social barriers — Skateistan believes that the community-building effects of skateboarding are especially powerful in Afghanistan. Operating as an Afghan NGO, Skateistan builds cross-cultural understanding and develops youth confidence, leadership, and life skills.
With 68% of the population under the age of 25 (and 50% under the age of 16), it is vital that development efforts in Afghanistan engage with youth immediately, especially providing opportunities for young Afghan girls.

The New Face of Skateistan Mazar-e-Sharif

The Climbing wall construction team

Skateistan’s newest project in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan received a huge facelift recently: Afghanistan’s biggest (and newest) rock climbing wall!

 German volunteers and climbing experts Martin Walch, Martina Messner and Elias Hitthaler spent nearly two weeks in Mazar-e-Sharif, overseeing and assisting in the building of the new wall. 

Mazar Students Study Nutrition Curriculum

Female students in Mazar counting fruit they collected during a scavenger hunt

In September, after several months of attending weekly skateboarding classes alongside taking part in various art projects, students at Skateistan Mazar began their first complete semester unit.  Alongside their peers in Phnom Penh and Kabul, students in Mazar will be focusing the next several months on nutrition and sanitation.

Children Creatively Map Their Communities

A female student studies a detailed map of Afghanistan during the mapping semester.

After finishing the 11th semester on colours, Skateistan Kabul started the new semester on mapping.  This semester included different activities, games, online learning, drawing, spray painting the walls of Skateistan, and many more things that we can’t say in one or two pages...

Project site - Skateistan Mazar-e-Sharif

great wall of afghanistan at Mazar-e-sharif Skatepark

The Skateistan Mazar-e-Sharif facility is made up of three buildings - the Multi-sports Hall (left), Education Centre (centre) and Skatepark (right).

In the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, Skateistan has now opened its new three-part facility: a standalone Skatepark, a Multi-sports Hall, and a prominent three-story Education Centre made out of refurbished shipping containers that have been sourced from within Afghanistan. Upon entry through the front gate, the eye-catching education building takes centre stage, demonstrating that learning is at the heart of all Skateistan activities.