Skateistan is Afghanistan’s—and the world’s—first co-educational skateboarding school. Operating as an independent, neutral, Afghan NGO, the school engages growing numbers of urban and internally-displaced youth in Afghanistan through skateboarding, and provides them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment.
Skateistan's students come from all of Afghanistan’s diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and develop not only skills in skateboarding and skateboarding instruction, but also healthy habits, civic responsibility, information technology, the arts, and languages. The students themselves decide what they want to learn—we connect them with teachers who will enable them to develop the skills that they consider important.
Since Skateistan has been active in Kabul, we’ve seen that Afghan youth of all ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds love to skateboard. Skateistan brings them together, equipping young men and women with the skills to lead their communities toward social change and development.
ACCL International constructed Afghanistan’s first Skateistan in Kabul at a cost of over US$300,000 dollars to our company and are presently constructing the country’s second Skatestan in the northern City of Mazar-e-Sharif, which is scheduled to open the first quarter of 2012.