Skateistan - A skateboarding School in Kabul

Afghanistan, Skateistan e.V.


Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places children are born in. However, almost 50% of the population is under the age of 15. In the capital of Kabul there are hardly any leisure activities for children. Girls are usually not allowed to take part in any sports.


Skateistan is the first skateboarding school in Afghanistan. Not only do young boys and girls learn how to skateboard, they also learn about tolerance, self-confidence and peaceful coexistence. The training is complemented with computer courses.




Book release: SKATEISTAN – The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan

What’s it like to grow up working on the streets in a warzone, or to spend the first 15 years of your life pretending to be a boy? How does it feel to be one of the first skateboarders in a country, and at the same time a girl in a conservative Muslim society? In a nation divided along ethnic and gender lines, how do art, education and skateboarding create change? Read on

Kabul's Historic (Skate) Spots

Spring weather has officially hit Kabul and we've taken advantage of it with some street skating, most recently on the top of Bibi Maru Hill. On this hill the Soviets built a swimming pool and Olympic diving boards in the 80s, which were never used for swimming but instead as an execution site by the Taliban in the 90s. Read on

Skateistan Newsletter #1 | Feb 2012

Welcome to the first issue of the quarterly Skateistan newsletter – straight out of winter in Kabul! We're planning on bringing you plenty of interesting news on the activities of Skateistan worldwide through this publication. Read the newsletter. Read on

Quest to Find Cambodia's 1st Bowl

During the Bon Om Touk (Water Festival) last week in Cambodia the country was on holiday, celebrating the largest festival of the year. Skateistan Cambodia took the opportunity to escape the flock of visitors to Phnom Penh and went on a short trip to the coastal town of Kep. The goal: to find and skate Cambodia's first concrete bowl! Read on

Skateistan wins "Image of the Year"

Skateistan is honoured to announce that one of our photos has been voted Peace and Sport "Image of the Year". The photo was taken by Jake Simkin on June 21 2011, during Go Skateboarding Day in Kabul. It shows just a few of the 200+ Afghan girls and boys who marked that day by taking to the city streets to celebrate their sport, their culture, and their future. Read on

Shortlisted for Two 'Beyond Sport' Awards

Skateistan is very proud to announce that it has been shortlisted for two Beyond Sport Awards this year – both Sport for Education (sponsored by UNICEF) and Sport for Conflict Resolution. Beyond Sport is a "global organisation that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to drive positive social change across the world". Read on

Project Description

Skateistan is the first Skateboarding School in Afghanistan. It engages urban youth through skateboarding and focuses on education, cross-cultural interaction, public health, social development, and creating opportunities for girls.