"Back to School" (BTS) is a 12-month program started by Skateistan in 2009 for street working children, refugees, and girls. Recent literacy statistics for Afghan youth aged 15-24 reveal that 49% of young men and only 18% of young women are literate.
Skateistan's Back To School program is divided into three semesters, with each semester being four months long. During each semester students study the equivalent of one grade of school, coming to Skateistan five days a week. The goal of the program is to get children in Afghanistan enrolled or re-enrolled into the public school system. Upon completion of the program students can apply for enrolment into a government school, usually entering the 3rd or 4th grade.
Over 65 Afghan children have been enrolled into school through the program so far, with an additional 40 youth (20 girls, 20 boys) currently attending the 2012/2013 Back to School program each day.