Mazar-e-Sharif

Mazar-e-Sharif is Afghanistan’s third largest city, and has a high proportion of internally displaced people, who have fled to Mazar-e-Sharif to avoid fighting or insecurity in their hometowns. As a result, many children are out of school. Joining Skateistan is often the first opportunity Afghan girls and boys have to access sport and education, providing an identity beyond their socio-economic status and hope for the future.

In 2013 we opened our second, and biggest, Afghan Skate School in Mazar-e-Sharif. Three times the size of the Kabul Skate School, it features indoor and outdoor skateparks, classrooms and a separate sports hall complete with a climbing wall. Programs are run here, as well as at orphanages and in partnership with local organizations. Students living with disabilities participate in skateboarding, sports and arts-education sessions at the Skate School every week. We provide specific girls-only days, with transportation provided in the Skateistan bus.

Girls outside the Skate School
Regular students
Female
Low-income background
Students living with disabilities
Updates from Mazar-e-Sharif
Global Girl Project: How are our girls getting on?
At Skateistan we talk a lot about girls’ empowerment and future leaders. So what does that look like on the ground? Recently, we partnered with Global Girl Project to run a blended learning program. Let's find out how our girls are getting on.
International Women’s Day: Make some space
International Women’s Day is always a special day at Skateistan. In our Skate Schools around the world, students and staff celebrate the achievements of women and enjoy the freedom and safety that Skate School provides.
Skateistan Alumni: Shabnam's story
Shabnam started coming to Skateistan when she was 14 and quickly learned leadership skills to help others. Shabnam is now studying for an Engineering degree, determined to make her country a better place in the future.
Curriculum update: Managing anger
As part of our Skate and Create program, we aim to teach children skills which are useful in the rest of their lives. Some of these are practical skills, and others are so-called softer skills, such as anger management.
Good news for girls: Skateistan and Be That Girl Foundation are teaming up!
The wheels are in motion: Skateistan and Be That Girl Foundation are teaming up to inspire and empower ever more girls to dare to determine their own future! Find out more about this new partnership and what it will mean for girls at Skateistan.
Celebrating International Day of Peace 2020
What does peace mean to you? That’s a question our students have been exploring to mark this year’s International Day of Peace.
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.
Coping with Covid: Bringing Skateistan lessons to out-of-school children
Staff at Skateistan in Mazar-e-Sharif have been finding ways to reach out-of-school children during the pandemic.
Girls unite! Announcing our new partnership with Global Girl Project
We're very excited to announce that we'll soon be working with Global Girl Project; a special partnership that will empower older girls at our Skate Schools in Afghanistan and South Africa.
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!