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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...

Puppet Show at Skateistan

There is no doubt that puppet shows can be entertaining for people of all ages. A puppet show can tell stories and convey messages, especially to youth, that sometimes an average actor cannot. Children often pay closer attention to what is being by the said by the puppets, and can learn lessons in a very easy format. A puppet show is a great way to entertain children, teach new ideas, and be an important part of the educational process.

The New Semester on Colours

A new semester has begun here at Skateistan, Kabul! This semester’s topic involves exploring the concept of colours, and classes are in full swing regardless of the freezing temperatures of Kabul’s winter. Students will learn the basics of colour, from warm to cool colours and even secondary and primary colors. From the basics, the youth will take what they have learned to develop creative art projects in many different forms and mediums. 

To start off the semester, Skateistan students played a fun musical chair game in which they were assigned a color from the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or violet. One student from each colour group had to go in front of the class where a circle of chairs waited for them. The youth had to walk, although most of them were just so anxious to sit they started running, and when their colour was called they had to sit in a chair. There was always one chair less than there were students, so whoever didn’t get to take a seat had to sit back in their regular chair. 

After the game, the students were introduced to the basic properties of colour (hue, intensity, and value) in order for them to better understand how colour really works.  The students also explored in their first week how people actually see colour, and how colour and light go hand-in-hand.

Following the basics of colour during the first few weeks at Skateistan, the students learn more detailed facts on colour and will have projects to accompany the things they have learned. Students will learn about warm and cool colours, colour value, analogous, complementary, and neutral colors, and also about how colour affects a person’s psychology.

Projects for the colour semester will include creating their own kaleidoscope, making colourful trees with paint and buttons, and even making colourful jewelry with wire and pistachios. Additionally, a curriculum on colour in Afghanistan could not be complete without learning about the importance of the national colors: green, black, and red. Students will learn about these colours and also about the history of the nation’s flag. More to come soon!

Origami Whales at Skateistan

Last semester, during their unit on animals, Skateistan students studied their favorite animals and discussed many topics, including endangered animals. They made Origami Whales to contribute to the Origami Whales Project (OWP), founded in 2004 by pioneer surfer and skateboarder Peggy Oki, who was the only female member of the Z-Boys skate crew in the 70s. The project raises awareness concerning threats to cetaceans (dolphins and whales).

First-Aid Workshop held for Skateistan Staff

 

A one day first aid workshop was held at Skateistan Kabul on December 20th, 2012 by representatives from ICRC (International Committee for the Red Cross). The workshop was held to train the full-time staff and volunteers of Skateistan to be ready for any accidents or injuries that may happen in the Skate Park or classrooms at our facility. The goal of workshop was to introduce variety of first aid methods and raise awareness of Skateistan staff.

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