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Skateistan

managed by F. Spowage (Communication)

About us

Skateistan began as a Kabul-based Afghan NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) and is now an International non-profit providing skateboarding and educational programming in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Pakistan. Skateistan is non-political, independent, and inclusive of all ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds.

Skateistan exists to use skateboarding as a tool for empowerment in a place it hasn't existed before, giving young people a voice, and giving local people agency to shape projects according to need.

Skateboarding in Afghanistan?

Absolutely. As soon as two Australian skateboarders dropped their boards in Kabul in 2007, they were surrounded by the eager faces of children of all ages who wanted to be shown how to skate. Stretching out the three boards they had brought with them, they developed a small skate school.

A group of Afghan friends (aged 18-22) who were naturals at skateboarding shared the three boards and quickly progressed in their new favourite sport—and so skateboarding hit Afghanistan. The founders’ success with their first students prompted them to think bigger: by bringing more boards back to Kabul and establishing an indoor skateboarding venue, they would be able to teach many more youth, and also be able to provide older girls with a private facility to continue skateboarding.

On October 29, 2009, Skateistan completed construction of an all-inclusive skatepark and educational facility on 5428 square meters of land donated by the Afghan National Olympic Committee. The indoor section was graciously built by IOU Ramps.

Skateistan has emerged as Afghanistan’s first skateboarding school, and is dedicated to teaching both male and female students. It aims to build indoor and outdoor skateboarding facilities in which youth can come together to skateboard: here, they forge bonds that transcend social barriers. Here, they’re enabled to affect change on issues that are important to them.


Beyond Skateboarding

Skateboarding is simply "the hook" for engaging with hard-to-reach young people. Skateistan's programs work with growing numbers of marginalized youth through skateboarding, and provide them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment programs. Skateistan has expanded its activities to include skateboard lessons and skateparks for Cambodian youth, a grassroots street-level program in Pakistan, and a state-of-the-art learning/skateboarding centre in Mazar-e-Sharif, Northern Afghanistan.

In Kabul, Skateistan's participants come from all of Afghanistan’s diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and include 40% female students, hundreds of streetworking children, and youth with disabilities. In our skatepark and classrooms they develop skills in skateboarding, leadership, civic responsibility, multimedia, and creative arts. The students themselves decide what they want to learn; we connect them with a safe space and opportunities for them to develop the skills that they consider important.

Since Skateistan began in 2007 we've found that youth of all ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds love to skateboard. Skateistan brings them together, equipping young men and women to lead their communities toward social change and development.

Latest project news

Latest news

10 Jahre Skateistan ! ! !

  Nicole E.  22 February 2018 at 08:36 PM

Liebe Spender, 

wir bedanken uns recht herzlich für Eure Spende und möchten Euch einladen 10 Jahre Skateistan mit uns zu feiern. Am 11. April ist es soweit und wir feiern bis zum Go-Skateboarding Day am 21. Juni.  

Schreibt Euch für unseren Newsletter ein und erfahrt wann wir feiern.

D A N K E S C H Ö N !

Dein Skateistan Team

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Oppelner Strasse 29
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