Skateistan recently celebrated its 5th anniversary at the Kabul skatepark with 550 students, staff, alumni, families, officials, community members and supporters. The event was entirely organized and run by Skateistan youth leaders, including some who were our very first students in 2009. Click the image to see more photos!
In 2013 and 2014 British photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson visited the Skateistan projects in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. In a video just released by the BBC World Service, she talks to Dan Damon about 'Skate Girls of Kabul'. The first photo ‘Skate Girl’ is shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Watch the video here.
The Back-to-School boys practise reading aloud in class
While last year’s Back-To-School students in Kabul are now attending Afghan government schools as fourth graders, this year’s students have finished their first semester and are beginning second grade. The program’s 20 boys and 20 girls are very excited to become fully literate.
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...