German Foreign Office Supports ‘Skateistan’

The Germany’s Federal Foreign Office has supported Skateistan from the outset: it provided funding for the construction of a skate hall with a half pipe and ramps when the first school was set up, and is financing the further development of the new school in Bamiyan, where a dedicated building is to be constructed in 2020.
In 2007, Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich arrived in Afghanistan equipped with three skateboards.
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It was not long until he saw the enthusiastic response to the skateboards in Kabul: they held a magical attraction for boys and girls of all ages. The idea for Skateistan was born.

The first Skateistan school opened in Kabul in 2009, followed later by another in Mazar-e-Sharif. Since August 2019, there has been a third school, in Bamiyan.
In the Skateistan schools, the students spend part of the time in the halfpipe, and part of the time in the classroom.
The majority of the children come from poor families, and some of them have had to flee conflict and violence.
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The skate schools give them access to both sport and education. For many of them, this is their first taste of school.

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