Skateistan is proud to announce the success of our 2012/2013 Back to School (BTS) students in Kabul. After one year of accelerated studying at Skateistan, this year 38 students have successfully passed their tests and joined Afghan public school last month, including 50% girls. None of the BTS students had previously attended public school.
There is no doubt that puppet shows can be entertaining for people of all ages. A puppet show can tell stories and convey messages, especially to youth, that sometimes an average actor cannot. Children often pay closer attention to what is being by the said by the puppets, and can learn lessons in a very easy format. A puppet show is a great way to entertain children, teach new ideas, and be an important part of the educational process.
The students here at Skateistan have just created the first skateboards ever made in Afghanistan. They were designed, created, and painted by young Afghan skateboarders! The ten skateboards were the result of our recent cultural exchange program known as Connecting Dots.
The Connecting Dots project linked the young Lakota (Native American) skateboarders from the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota with the Skateistan students in Kabul. Throughout the exchange, the groups – separated by continents and oceans – exchanged key aspects of their national heritage.
Recently the Skateistan students in Kabul started their new semester with the topic of “animals”. In first weeks they researched about animals – they learnt how they are classified into different groups and discovered information about animals found in Afghanistan. The kids were then able to use their newly learnt knowledge by playing games related to animals.
Over the past several months hundreds of kids have been participating in different, fun activities at Skateistan in Kabul. They are now in the sixth week of their semester, which is on the topic of Nature and Natural Resources.
In the first few weeks they learned about nature, natural resources, finished products, renewable and nonrenewable resources. In order to get awareness of the beautiful nature around them, they went to different green spaces in Kabul and drew the nature. Then as a sample of natural resource they worked with paper, making collages and working on paper weaving. They made baskets, bracelets, boxes, and different designs based on paper weaving. At first we taught the students how to make a simple design of weaved paper and in coming weeks we will teach more difficult and complicated designs to them. The students have shown huge interest and attention in it and they really enjoyed the hands-on activities, as well as starting to think about where things come from.