Funded Tanzania’s first skatepark in Dodoma

An aid project by “skate-aid” (S. Tegeler) in Dodoma, Tanzania

S. Tegeler (Project Manager)

S. Tegeler
The situation

Tanzania is one of the politically most stable, but also one of the poorest countries in Africa. This is partly because the relatively stable economic growth cannot keep up with the extreme population growth. Despite extensive reform processes, the Tanzanian government did not yet achieve sustainable poverty reduction. The majority of the population relies on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods. The lack of health care, the permanently high HIV/AIDS Rate and the education deficit are additional constraints of development.

What moves us

One of the most pressing problems in the capital of Tanzania is lack of access to education. Schools are often poorly equipped, and the associated costs of attending school cannot be borne by many families.
This leads the youth in Dodoma to a fatal lack of any kind of prospects. Those poor prospects for the future and great poverty nurture violence among youth. Lack of leisure activities add to this situation. It is important that young people from Dodoma can escape from their dreary lives and violence, and spend their spare time creatively, wisely and in an active community.

What we move

The joint venture between Don Bosco and skate-aid constructed a concrete Skatepark in Tanzania, the capital of Dodoma. The park is the new centre of the existing sports facility at the education and training centre of Don Bosco.

To realize the project skate-aid provided know-how and a network of skateboarders and park planners, who prepared the construction plans for the Skatepark. At the same time we connected the involved organisations. skate-aid activists from Germany worked closely with local organizations on the construction of the Skatepark in Dodoma.
In addition to partly funding the project, Don Bosco provided an appropriate area on the property of the Don Bosco training centre. skate-aid also co-funded the project and bears further expenses for the Skateboard trainer and a facility manager. In addition we donated skateboard hardware such as decks, safety gear, helmets and so on, which children and youths can use at the Skatepark.

The Skatepark was opened in July of 2011. The official ceremony followed in February of 2012 with Titus Dittmann as a special guest.
We employed Douglas, a skateboarder from our project partner in Uganda, as a Skateboard trainer. This was his first official job. He instructed his Tanzanian follower, ensuring the sustainability of the project.

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Location: Dodoma, Tanzania

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