Building a Skate School for Bamyan's youth in Afghanistan
Skateistan x Raymond Pettibon
With Raymond PETTIBON
Skateistan is an international award-winning NGO based in Berlin, Germany. The organization was created in 2009 when its founder, Oliver Percovich, traveled to Afghanistan with three skateboards. Noticing an obvious lack of opportunities within a disfavored Afghan youth, Percovich began using skateboarding as a means to engage them and build a spirit of community. Skateistan built its first skate school a few months later, using skateboarding and education as a catalyst to drive positive social change. These two elements became the core of Skateistan’s mission to empower children living in underprivileged circumstances.
Further to its cause, the organization developed and implemented 4 educational programs designed to build skills and confidence within children. Conceived as a cycle, the older students eventually become role models to the younger ones, ensuring long term positive change within the community and a brighter future for themselves.
Skateistan currently runs skate schools in Afghanistan, Cambodia, South Africa, and betters the lives of over 2500 children – 51% of these children are girls.
Through our collaborations with American artist Raymond Pettibon, we aim to raise $50,000 to fund the construction of Skateistan’s Skate School in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
Skateistan was founded in 2008 in Kabul, Afghanistan, and works to empower children through skateboarding and creative education. Now working with around 2,500 students every week, Skateistan is planning to expand to a fifth location in Bamyan, Central Afghanistan. Comprising classroom spaces for creative learning and a skatepark and sports area, the Skate School will be able to offer a safe space for around 800 children per week. As in its other locations in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Phnom Penh and Johannesburg, Skateistan will focus on children who are often excluded from sports and educational activities – girls, children living with disabilities and those from low-income backgrounds.
Founder and Executive Director of Skateistan, Oliver Percovich, said: “This is an incredibly exciting chapter for Skateistan as we prepare to open our fifth Skate School in Bamyan, Afghanistan. The fact that the programs we’re already running in the community are proving so popular is real evidence that the children of Afghanistan want the opportunity to play, to learn and to have a safe space where they can express themselves freely. We are hugely grateful to our supporters all over the world, including The Skateroom, for allowing us to take this next step in empowering children through skateboarding and education. ”