The success of using skateboarding and sport as a tool for youth development and promoting peace has been internationally recognized by a number of prestigious award organizations, including the Peace and Sport Awards, Beyond Sport Awards, and Architecture for Humanity.
Skateistan’s achievements have not been limited to the field of development but have also won prizes in international film festivals, photography competitions, design contests. Our students have also been the recipients of a number of awards.

We Won! 2012 'Innovation through Sport' Award

Oliver with Skateistans beyond sport award with Ian Thorpe

In 2011 Skateistan was shortlisted for two Beyond Sport Awards – “Sport for Conflict Resolution” and “Sport for Education”. At the 2012 awards held in London we were once again shortlisted, this time as a candidate for the “Sport for Social Inclusion Award” for our in-depth programming involving girls and streetworking youth. The annual Beyond Sport awards are one of the most prominent and prestigious award events in the sport & development field, worldwide.

We are therefore extremely proud to announce that Skateistan was successful in winning the special jury's award for “Innovation through Sport.” This award is given to the most innovative sport and development organization from a shortlist of 30 projects. With this great honor, we see that through sport (in our case skateboarding!), arts, and creative activities we are able to continually push the limits of what is achievable when reaching out to youth. We are very proud that skateboarding has been able to unite and inspire in such a way, and winning this Beyond Sport award will provide new drive and motivation to reach higher.

Youth Teacher Recognized in UN Contest

Last year Skateistan proudly announced that our valued Afghan teacher Hamdullah Hamdard (17) was among the winners of a UNESCO-sponsored drawing contest. The topic for this contest was: "How does boys' and girls' equality in education help us all?"

Just recently, the long-awaited prize package arrived at our Kabul headquarter, and it left everyone in awe: Hamdullah's drawings are now being featured in the United Nation's Asia-Pacific "UNGEI" calender, which aims to raise awareness of regional issues and gender equality in education. On top of that, he was given the UNGEI Certificate of Merit for his winning contributions. Congratulations, Hamdullah!