In 2007 the Skateistan project began in the streets of Kabul, introducing skateboarding to girls and boys in Afghanistan for the first time. Since then, Skateistan has offered skateboarding lessons paired with educational programs to thousands of Afghan children. On May 23, Skateistan will open the doors of its second facility in Afghanistan, giving up to 1000 children in Mazar-e-Sharif the chance to play and learn in a state-of-the-art sport and education facility, nearly three times the size of Skateistan Kabul.
In the summer of 2010, Faranaz was chosen to take part in a Skateistan photojournalism project called 'Through My Eyes'. This gave her a voice, which she used to talk about her past and present home life outside of Skateistan. In the summer of 2011, one year after this film project was completed, Faranaz left Kabul permanently, when her family made the move north to a village near Mazar-e-Sharif at the insistence of her older brother. By January 2012 she was engaged. The 'Through My Eyes' project gives a glimpse into her life, as a 13-year-old girl living in Kabul. It is at once a very personal story, and one that contains shadows of the lives of millions of other young women living in Afghanistan today.
Drawing from the ‘Through my eyes’ project and personal interviews, Faranaz’s story is shared at greater length in the Skateistan book ‘Skateistan – The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan’.
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Mazar-e-Sharif is a special place in Afghanistan. Centered around the spectacular blue-tiled mosque, known as the Shrine of Hazrat Ali or simply “the blue-mosque,” Afghanistan’s 4th largest city will soon boast another landmark, at least in the eyes of the children.
Mazar-e-Sharif (MeS) will provide the location for Skateistan’s 2nd skatepark in Afghanistan and most ambitious project yet: a three-part, multifunctional facility dedicated to Skateistan’s sport and educational activities.
Skateistan is currently seeking a Programs Officer (Kabul) and Programs Officer (Mazar-e-Sharif) to join our team in Afghanistan. The position is for an Afghan national, and female applicants are encouraged. Start date would be immediately and applicants should be interested in long-term employment.
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.
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