In 2007 the Skateistan project began in the streets of Kabul, introducing skateboarding to girls and boys in Afghanistan for the first time. Since then, Skateistan has offered skateboarding lessons paired with educational programs to thousands of Afghan children. On May 23, Skateistan will open the doors of its second facility in Afghanistan, giving up to 1000 children in Mazar-e-Sharif the chance to play and learn in a state-of-the-art sport and education facility, nearly three times the size of Skateistan Kabul.
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.
Following the recently concluded semester themed around colour the students were taken on a field trip to Turquoise Mountain Foundation.
Climbing volunteer Kate goes over Hanifa's exam results.
Mazar-e-Sharif is a special place in Afghanistan. Centered around the spectacular blue-tiled mosque, known as the Shrine of Hazrat Ali or simply “the blue-mosque,” Afghanistan’s 4th largest city will soon boast another landmark, at least in the eyes of the children.
Mazar-e-Sharif (MeS) will provide the location for Skateistan’s 2nd skatepark in Afghanistan and most ambitious project yet: a three-part, multifunctional facility dedicated to Skateistan’s sport and educational activities.
Skateistan is proud to announce the success of our 2012/2013 Back to School (BTS) students in Kabul. After one year of accelerated studying at Skateistan, this year 38 students have successfully passed their tests and joined Afghan public school last month, including 50% girls. None of the BTS students had previously attended public school.