Bamyan - Afghanistan Map

About the Project

Building a skatepark in Bamyan

Skateistan is an award-winning international non-profit organization founded in 2007 by Oliver Percovich, to empower children in Afghanistan through skateboarding & education programs. Today, Skateistan operates in Cambodia and South Africa, as well as multiple locations in Afghanistan. Skateistan’s innovative programs combine creative, arts-based education with the fun and freedom of skateboarding, giving children the opportunities to become leaders for a better world.

About Skateistan:

  • 2,700+ active students, including 175 children with disabilities
  • 5 locations
  • 150+ students have re-entered the national school curriculum after joining Skateistan’s programs

Bamyan is Skateistan’s fifth Skate School, opened in August 2021, and has a weekly capacity of 800 students. Afghanistan remains an unsafe place for many children and is still ranked in the world’s three worst countries to be born a girl. Around 40% of Afghanistan’s school aged children do not go to school. Through innovative programs which combine skateboarding and creative education, Skateistan aims to help children pursue their own passions and dreams and ultimately, to become positive role models in their own communities.

About Bamyan’s Skate School:

  • 800+ active students
  • 41% girls
  • 5 ethnicities in student body
  • 92% from low income backgrounds
  • ambition to welcome 20% of students with disabilities
  • Estimated 20 jobs for local people (TBC)

Our commitment to Skateistan:

This project is part of an ongoing and unrestricted funding commitment to Skateistan. We have sealed a formal 3-year partnership committing to support the organization with $300,000 from 2019 until 2021. We have raised $810,000+ since 2014 for this project.

Thanks to our partners for making this collaboration possible.

Skateistan
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