Students gather to register for classes.
On December 17th 2013, Skateistan in Mazar-e-Sharif began the first semester of its Back-to-School program. Thirteen girls and 30 boys came to Skateistan excited to get back on track with their studies, with a goal to recruit an equal amount of girls in coming weeks. After completion of the program, Skateistan will assist the students to enrol or re-enrol in government schools.
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.
Skateboarding and art have a long and intertwined history, sharing the common bond of freedom, creativity and self-expression. Skateistan is therefore very excited to have a partnership with The Sk8room, a Belgium-based art platform dedicated solely to the promotion and production of art on skateboards.
“It’s great to see this facility and that the sport is growing. It’s incredible what [Skateistan] is doing here because skating is a good way to get kids active and playing together but not necessarily against each other.”
-Tony Hawk, Professional Skateboarder