Skateboarding and education for girls empowerment - with over 1600 students part of Skateistan and 50% of them being girls. Skateistan runs over 14 girls-only skate session each week, and our programs provide girls the opportunity for education. Take a look at our Skate School in session in Kabul, Afghanistan. We also have programs running in Cambodia and South Africa, equally aimed at girls!
14-year-old Hanifa is one of Afghanistan’s most talented skaters. Starting out in Skateistan’s creative arts and skateboarding program, Hanifa began as a student but has quickly become an excellent female role model and an inspiring teacher. Since first joining the Skateistan program in 2010, she has gone from selling tea in a local park to joining Skateistan’s staff in Kabul as a skateboard instructor where she regularly teaches skateboard classes and takes part in weekly staff development training sessions. Hanifa has also enrolled in Skateistan’s Back-to-School program which will help catch up on studies and return to public school with her peers. She believes that by becoming a good skater she’ll make a better future for herself.
In celebration of International Peace Day, the students at Skateistan in Kabul made a video sharing their thoughts and hopes about peace. The film includes thoughts from all walks of life: boys and girls, young and old, rich and poor. In the end, it shows that we are all not so different, and must come together to realize the dream of peace.
The film was 100% created by Afghan youth, and directed by Skateistan Youth Leader, Hamdullah Hamdard.