Skateistan: Combining skateboards with education in Afghanistan
Using skateboards as a ‘tool for empowering youth,’ Skateistan is not your ordinary non-profit program in Afghanistan. For starters, Skateistan works with kids aged 5 to 18, focusing especially on girls and working children to give them better opportunities in education, leadership and friendship.
Skateistan was founded by Aussie skateboarder Oliver Percovich and it began as a grassroots ‘Sports for Development’ project on the streets of Kabul in 2007, and ‘is now an award-winning international NGO with projects in Afghanistan as well as Cambodia.
Skateistan runs one-hour skateboarding lessons every day for boys and girls, back-to-school programs and cultural exchanges.