Skateistan begins construction on fifth skate school in Bamyan, Afganistan
Young girls from impoverished neighborhoods in Kabul, Afganistan understand the ultra-conservation patriarchal society very well. Apart from navigating violence in their cities, they also have another battle to face – gender inequality. Young women are not encouraged or allowed to participate in sporting activities. But things are slowly changing. Just looking at the pictures of young girls skating brings so much joy into our lives.
Skateistan, a nonprofit organization, started a skate school in 2008 for girls is one of the main reasons behind making young afghan girls fly. The organization has been in the spotlight recently as the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary. Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl) won the Best Short Documentary category and features Skateistan’s Back-to-School program in Kabul.
The organization grew into a multinational educational initiative empowering children through skateboarding and education.
They recently announced the commencement of the construction of its fifth Skate School worldwide, which will be built in Bamyan, Central Afghanistan. The new Skate School’s location in Bamyan will enable the non-profit to reach up to 800 more students each week.
The program, which helps out-of-school children get back into formal education, is one of the programs the Bamyan facility will offer, along with creative, arts-based education, classes for youth leaders, and the provision of other sports, such as cycling, soccer, and basketball.
Skateistan’s Founder and Executive Director, Oliver Percovich said, “We’re incredibly excited to be extending the scope and reach of Skateistan’s activities in Afghanistan. This is the next step in the strategic development and expansion of Skateistan globally and we’re delighted that we’ll soon be offering Skateistan’s unique blend of skateboarding and creative education to hundreds more of the world’s most vulnerable children.”
Zainab Hussaini, Skateistan’s Country Manager for Afghanistan, who is from Bamyan originally said, “By giving equal opportunity to children in Bamyan, they can learn new lessons and expand their minds. They will learn how sports can change their lives and help them to make new friends, help others, and learn. I’m sure we’ll one day have some of the best skateboarders out there.”
Skateistan aims to open its Bamyan Skate School in early 2021. Programs have been suspended in Bamyan at the current time due to Covid-19 but will restart as and when it’s safe to do so in Bamyan. For more information, go to www.skateistan.org