Skateistan - A skateboarding School in Kabul

Afghanistan, Skateistan e.V.

Problem

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.

Solution

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.

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From Kabul to Cambodia...

Skateistan has recently partnered with the NGO Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) to bring Cambodia its first skatepark! Skateistan e.V., in Germany, supported the Cambodian project with financial support of 2200 Euro, which has enabled ramp construction and skate lessons to begin. Read on

"Peace is our Motto" - Skateistan´s first music video!

This music video was created by Skateistan's Wednesday advanced art class students as part of the Youth, Arts, Peace! (YAP!) project, funded by UNAMA. The students wrote the song themselves and made this video in a very short time. They worked on it for only two months, coming to Skateistan once a week for practice. The video was choreographed and filmed by two older Skateistan students. Read on

Skateistan Art Exhibit a Huge Success

This past Sunday Skateistan transformed half of its skate facility into the jam-packed Youth, Arts, Peace! (YAP!) exhibition with work from over 300 students on display. A brightly painted butterfly built from broken skateboards hung on one wall, while student photography, poetry, comic strips and murals were displayed on all sides. Read on

Exhibition: Peacebuilding Through Art

On Sunday, February 6, Skateistan will be hosting an art exhibition entitled Youth, Arts, Peace! (YAP!), displaying the artwork of its students, aged 5-19. Created during a series of arts-based workshops at Skateistan, the artwork represents a youth dialogue on peace, through creative expression. Read on

Semester 4 Gains Momentum

On November the 20th Skateistan Students began their fourth semester. In association with UNAMA, this semester Skateistan students will be producing their own magazine and DVD that will be distributed throughout Afghanistan, as well as putting on their very own public art exhibition in Kabul. Read on

Kabul's First Climbing Wall Built at Skateistan!

A three-faced climbing wall has just become the newest addition to the Skateistan facility, and the first to climb to the top was Benafsha, a young Afghan woman who is also Skateistan's newest staff member. She impressed the onlooking staff and students with her skills, considering it was her first time ever climbing! Read on

Donations Needed Now to Keep Classes On

Each week 320 Afghan boys and girls come to the Skateistan NGO for skateboarding and educational classes. For many youth, this is the only schooling they receive. Several of them have spent their days working on the streets of Kabul since the age of 7 or 8. And the girls have virtually no other chance to take part in sport. 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.