Kabul

Conflict in Afghanistan has been largely ongoing since 1978, leading to severe social disruption, limited educational opportunities and extreme poverty. Children and young people make up over two thirds of Afghanistan’s population and Kabul itself houses a population nearly ten times that of the country’s second largest city.

Kabul, Afghanistan is where Skateistan first began and is home to our flagship Skate School. The facility was completed in 2009 on rent-free land donated by the Afghan National Olympic Committee. As well as classrooms and an indoor skatepark, the Skate School also includes a sports hall with a rock-climbing wall, and gym area for sports such as soccer and basketball. The Skate School is open five days a week. Our Educators also travel to local partner organizations where they are able to provide opportunities to more children around Kabul to try skateboarding and learn with us. We host specific girls-only days, with female only Educators plus transport for female students to and from the Skate School. The staff, with the help of Youth Leaders, run regular events at the Skate School to celebrate graduations and other notable happenings.

Kabul
Regular students
Female
Low-income background
Students living with disabilities
Updates from Kabul
What Skateistan learned about: running remote programs during a global pandemic
In our series ‘What Skateistan learned about’, we share stories, successes and challenges from the perspective of a non-profit organization operating in Afghanistan, South Africa and Cambodia.
It's Zarafshan's Turn
Meet Zarafshan, who is 13 and lives in Kabul. Zarafshan was scared because she thought her teachers would be unkind. But her Educator, Malalai, showed her the kindness is the best way to learn.
Measuring impact at Skateistan: Social Return on Investment
Recently, we embarked on a project to measure the social return on funds invested in Skateistan. Thanks to the efforts of three amazing volunteers, we can now calculate the social value of our programs! How do we do that? Read on!
Welcome to the Citizens of Skateistan: Zamarin Wahdat
We are delighted to welcome Zamarin Wahdat to the Citizens of Skateistan! Zamarin was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and raised in Germany and was part of the team that made Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl).
Skateistan’s Culture of Safety
At Skateistan we aim to put the safety of our staff and students first in everything we do. With the coronavirus situation changing rapidly around us, we thought it was the right time to share our approach to safety.
International Women's Day: This is Laiqa's Story
This International Women's Day, we're happy to introduce you to Laiqa, one of our students in Kabul. Like the girls in 'Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone,' Laiqa is discovering how getting an education can change her life for the better.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence
Skateistan works to empower women and girls through skateboarding and education. Near the end of 2019, Skateistan Skate Schools participated in the '16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence' to continue advocating on behalf of women and girls.
Curriculum Update: Concepts of Community in Act Local
We take a look back on our 'Act Local' curriculum, which helps students to understand their own role and potential within their communities.
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone Wins BAFTA and Oscar!
A short documentary which follows the progress of a group of girls at Skateistan in Kabul won a BAFTA and an Academy Award!
10 Years of Fun and Freedom in Kabul
In October, Skateistan Kabul celebrated 10 years since Skateistan's first Skate School opened its doors.