Getting Ready for International Women's Day

Hanifa and Parisa instruct the young Afghan boys skate class
Female instructors Hanifa and Parisa teach the young boys' skate class.

On March 8th Skateistan will join the global community in celebrating International Women's Day (IWD), with events at Skateistan’s project sites in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Worldwide, Women’s Day is a celebration of respect, appreciation and love for women and their achievements.

Making Afghanistan's 1st Skateboards

Noorzai smooths out his skateboard deck

The students here at Skateistan have just created the first skateboards ever made in Afghanistan. They were designed, created, and painted by young Afghan skateboarders! The ten skateboards were the result of our recent cultural exchange program known as Connecting Dots.

The Connecting Dots project linked the young Lakota (Native American) skateboarders from the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota with the Skateistan students in Kabul. Throughout the exchange, the groups – separated by continents and oceans – exchanged key aspects of their national heritage.

Skateistan Kabul's 3 year anniversary

Afghan girls and boys over look the climbing demostration
Afghan girls and boys over look the climbing demonstration

On December 15th 2012 Skateistan’s community of students, families, staff, and
 friends came together to celebrate and share the success stories of the past three years of the Skateistan Park in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The crowd of over 300 people was presented with milk and cookies upon their arrival at the facility in Kabul, to enjoy as they made their way through to the main hall of Skateistan. They were greeted with an exhibition of the students’ art work, and accompanying the students’ pieces was a gallery of photographs selected to explore the creative process and celebrate three years of arts education at Skateistan.

A Field Trip To Kabul Zoo!!!

girls looking at a bear


Recently the Skateistan students in Kabul started their new semester with the topic of “animals”. In first weeks they researched about animals – they learnt how they are classified into different groups and discovered information about animals found in Afghanistan. The kids were then able to use their newly learnt knowledge by playing games related to animals.