Friday, November 12, 2010

Skateistan: skateboarding and young people in Kabul

My friend sent me a link to this cool film about a skateboarding program in Kabul.



Pretty cool, huh! If you would like to find out more, check out the program's comprehensive website, Skateistan (I especially liked the students' blog).

Skateistan is Afghanistan’s—and the world’s—first co-educational skateboarding school. The school engages growing numbers of urban and internally-displaced youth in Afghanistan through skateboarding, and provides them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment. Our students come from all of Afghanistan’s diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. They will not only develop skills in skateboarding and skateboarding instruction, but also healthy habits, civic responsibility, information technology, the arts, and languages. The students themselves decide what they want to learn—we connect them with teachers who will enable them to develop the skills that they consider important. Since Skateistan has been active in Kabul, we’ve seen that Afghan youth of all ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds love to skateboard. Skateistan brings them together, equipping young men and women with the skills to lead their communities toward social change and development.


1 comment:

  1. what is awesome (saw in some older clips) is that the girls shred just as hard (if not harder) as the guys because there are no preconceptions of what a normal skateboarder is.... also don't the students help build the ramps and elements too? skateboarding & construction tearing down divides...

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